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Bentley to Honor 'Future Leaders' in Tomorrow25 Leadership Competition

October 16, 2005

Bentley College is accepting nominations for its second annual Tomorrow25 international leadership competition. Spotlighting exemplary high school juniors from around the world, the program identifies students who demonstrate initiative, citizenship, technological savvy, cultural awareness, social responsibility and a commitment to making positive things happen in their communities or schools.

Launched in 2004, the inaugural Tomorrow25 program brought outstanding young men and women from the U.S., Ghana, Egypt, Singapore and the Czech Republic to Bentley in May, 2005, as honored guests at the first Bentley Leadership Forum presented in cooperation with TIME magazine. Student finalists interacted with high-profile business leaders at the conference and were recognized individually at a luncheon ceremony. The Tomorrow25 also appeared in a national advertisement in the May 30 issue of TIME as part of Bentley's national campaign.

Simon Mahler, a high school student at the International School of Prague in the Czech Republic made his first trip to the U.S. as a Tomorrow 25 finalist. "I will always remember the experience that will forever influence my life. It was my first trip to the U.S. and it really opened the world to me," he said.

Jeffrey Wright, Bentley associate director of Marketing Programs and Chairman of the Tomorrow25 committee said Bentley is committed to developing leaders of tomorrow. "Many high school students from all over the world have already made an impact on their communities, and in the spirit of Bentley's mission to nurture leadership qualities in its own students, we want to honor high school juniors who are poised to step into the future," he said.

The 2006 Tomorrow25 winners will again be chosen through an international nomination process and selected by an international advisory board established by Bentley. Nominations will be accepted from business and community leaders, teachers, school administrators, guidance counselors, parents or other students. The nomination deadline is January 5, 2006.

Candidates for this unique honor should be in their junior year of high school and demonstrate initiative, citizenship, intelligence, technological savvy, cultural awareness, social responsibility, a passion for the world of people and organizations, and a commitment to making positive change in their communities or schools.

Tomorrow25 finalists and a family member will be invited to Bentley (expenses paid) to attend the 2006 Bentley Leadership Forum, once again presented in cooperation with TIME magazine, and to be honored individually at the Forum's luncheon.

Other criteria for selection include:

  • Students who have demonstrated initiative and leadership in their schools, communities or organizations and have made a positive impact through their efforts
  • Students who have clearly and consistently shown good citizenship, ethical behavior, social responsibility and character
  • Students who have a solid academic record
  • Students who have demonstrated abilities in or specific accomplishments with, one or more of the following: New technologies, global culture or international affairs, the arts or sciences and business or related professional interests


    The nomination process begins with the completion of a nomination form. The Bentley Tomorrow25 Committee will conduct an initial review of nominations and submit a finalist pool of 50 candidates for final review by the Tomorrow25 Advisory Board by January 30. The Board will make the final selection of the Tomorrow25 based on a thorough review of completed files of the 50 final candidates and choose the final 25 young leaders by March 14.


    For more information and nomination forms go to

    BENTLEY UNIVERSITY is one of the nation’s leading business schools, dedicated to preparing a new kind of business leader – one with the deep technical skills, broad global perspective, and high ethical standards required to make a difference in an ever-changing world. Our rich, diverse arts and sciences program, combined with an advanced business curriculum, prepares informed professionals who make an impact in their chosen fields. Located on a classic New England campus minutes from Boston, Bentley is a dynamic community of leaders, scholars and creative thinkers. The Graduate School emphasizes the impact of technology on business practice, in offerings that include MBA and Master of Science programs, PhD programs in accountancy and in business, and customized executive education programs. The university enrolls approximately 4,100 full-time undergraduate, 140 adult part-time undergraduate, 1,430 graduate, and 43 doctoral students. Bentley is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; and the European Quality Improvement System, which benchmarks quality in management and business education. For more information, please visit

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