Harold S. Geneen Charitable Trust Renews Compliance M.S.L. Scholarship


The Harold S. Geneen Charitable Trust, which provided a major gift in February 2020 to establish a new scholarship to support a full-time student in Fordham Law’s Master of Studies in Law (M.S.L.) in Corporate Compliance program, has renewed that support for the 2021-22 academic year.

“Thanks to the Geneen Trust scholarship, a student can be fully dedicated to their studies and graduate with marketable skills in the growing field of corporate compliance,” said Robert Mascola, senior director of compliance programs at Fordham Law School. “And there is no better place than Fordham Law for getting a rigorous and practical education in compliance. Fordham was the first law school in the country to offer an M.S.L. in this field.”

Mark Banks ’23

This year’s scholarship recipient is Mark Banks, who has demonstrated his commitment to responsible corporate management by working towards reentering the corporate world. Banks worked at PNC Bank dealing with contracts before attending Fordham Law. Upon completing his M.S.L., he hopes to serve as a director of compliance for a corporation in the financial services industry. He said he was overjoyed upon hearing the news that he was named this year’s Geneen Trust recipient.

“I am grateful for this opportunity as it has provided me with the financial means, as well as direction, to pursue my M.S.L.,” said Banks. “Studying corporate compliance at Fordham Law has allowed me to move further up the ranks globally in a corporate setting.”

The M.S.L. in Corporate Compliance program launched in 2016 in response to the rapid growth of the ethics and compliance field as a professional track for candidates with a wide variety of backgrounds. Three years later, the Law School also offered an online version of the compliance program—offering more flexibility for students to choose to attend classes either online or in person.

This program is for individuals who want to deepen their understanding of corporate compliance and core topics such as international financial crime, anti-corruption programs, and risk assessment, but who are not and do not necessarily want to become lawyers. It is also designed to provide students with an understanding of the overall legal and regulatory framework, as well as give them unique, non-legal skills needed, including how to conduct risk assessments, how to create programs to prevent corporate misconduct, and how to build cultures of compliance and integrity.

Students interested in applying for next year’s scholarship can find more information here. Completed applications are due by May 1, 2021.


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