‘Opportunity’ the central theme of finance graduate’s time at KU

Stephonn Alcorn doesn’t take any opportunity he’s given for granted.

The spring 2017 finance from Gardner, Kansas, is a graduate of the Hawk Link program. He was a Finance Scholar, a Multicultural Business Scholar and KU’s 2016–17 student body president.

When he arrived on campus as a first-generation college student, he wasn’t as familiar with the University of Kansas as his peers. So, he looked for opportunities to get engaged.

Stephonn Alcorn, a 2017 finance graduate, now works in the real estate management group at Blackstone in New York.

“I would just spend a lot of time just researching and looking up different things to get involved with,” he said.

Alcorn earned direct admission to the business school as a freshman and, during his sophomore year, became involved with the School of Business Mentorship Program.

He said the mentorship he’s received through the program has helped prepare him for a full-time career, and it’s taught him lessons in gratitude.

“They [my mentors] have taught me that, every step of the way, you have to give back to not only the people but also the communities that have helped you succeed,” Alcorn said.

One of the ways Alcorn plans to give back to the community at KU is through the Summer Venture in Business program, a three-day, pre-college experience aimed at familiarizing underrepresented high school students interested in business with collegiate life both in and out of the classroom.

The program developed from his Student Senate coalition’s campaign platform, and Alcorn said he hopes to expand the pilot program to other schools.

“I see this Jayhawk cycle of wanting to help each other out continue, and now I’m on the other side of that,” he said.

After graduating in May, Alcorn went to work in the real estate asset management group at Blackstone in New York.

“Looking back now at the last four years, my love for KU has really been because of the people and the opportunities.”

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