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Program enhancement

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Annual fund

The Fitzsimmons Scholarship for Women in Leadership


In May 2021, one of AUR’s best-loved and most active professors, Professor Fitzsimmons took a well-deserved step back from classroom teaching after 24 years of inspirational and dedicated service.​


Professor Fitzsimmons is universally celebrated for her focus on student success, which never stopped at the classroom door but extended through the wealth of extra-curricular and social activities she instigated to provide opportunities for development and networking. 


In Professor Fitzsimmons own words, “My happiest AUR memories are traveling with students on the Business Field Trips and working with the Business Club. Then, of course, there's staying connected with literally hundreds of AUR alums, and sharing news about their promotions, weddings, vacations, babies, and accomplishments on the Alumni FB page.”

Professor Fitzsimmons epitomizes AUR’s core values of teamwork & leadership, she has been a role model and inspiration throughout her time in the classroom. To honor her enormous and enduring contribution to AUR, and to the impact she has had on the students she came into contact with, in the summer of 2021, the university (with Professor Fitzsimmons' enthusiastic support) has launched a campaign to establish The Fitzsimmons Scholarship for Women in Leadership.

In fall 2023, the university welcomed its first two Fitzsimmons Scholarship recipients: Djani and Morgan. We are now in our second year of active fundraising for student entry in fall 2024.


While every dollar counts to reach our goal, and no gift is too small (or too big) we do particularly value annual recurring donations that will allow us to continue awarding this scholarship in the coming years and, most of all, will allow us to help many young women achieve their personal leadership ambitions and purposes.


For wire transfer donations: 

Account name: The American University of Rome 
Bank: Banca Popolare di Sondrio 
Branch: 21 Rome 
Address: Via Famiano Nardini 25, 00162 Rome, Italy 
Account: 104-0003010-VAR-USD 
IBAN CODE: IT14 O056 9603 221V ARUS 0003 010 
Swift /BIC: POSOIT22 


For wire transfer donations in Euros:


Account name: The American University of Rome 
Bank: Banca Popolare di Sondrio 
Branch: 21 Rome 
Address: Via Famiano Nardini 25, 00162 Rome, Italy 
Account: 3010X51
IBAN CODE: IT48 C056 9603 2210 0000 3010 X51 
Swift /BIC: POSOIT2109G 

Checks (for payment in Dollars only) may be sent to 

P.O. BOX for U.S. Postal Service deliveries 
The American University of Rome 
c/o Bank of America-Lockbox Services 
P.O. BOX 841229 
Dallas, TX 75284-1229 


Professor Kathleen Fitzsimmons


For those who don't know Professor Fitzsimmons...


Capstoners guided to success (since 2010) – 165

Guest lectures organized in the Business Leader Lecture Series - 84

Internships supervised (2008-16 with Bob Sonnabend) – 383

Capstone Field Trip rafting participants (since 2017) – 60

Capstone Rafting participants who went overboard (since 2017) and lived to tell the tale! – 3

BizClub Fashion Show participants (since 2014) – 140

Students who have sat in Kathleen’s backyard (and enjoyed her hospitality) – 385

Students who have participated in the BizClub - 300

Classroom hours taught – 4,920

If you'd like to learn more about Professor Fitzsimmons, her wonderful #Unplugged article is a great place to start. You'll find it on our main website.


Alumni Memories #1

Mitch Henderson recalls Professor Fitzsimmons excitedly telling her class about a new company she predicted would fundamentally transform the world, “Professor Fitzsimmons told us about the way this company captured feedback and the ease it brought to online purchases,” he said. “At the time, this vision made many laugh. That company’s name? Amazon.” 

“This class changed everything for me, and I can honestly say that this one discussion did more for me than any of the several courses I’ve since taken,” stated Mitch, who credits Professor Fitzsimmons with teaching him everything about business; “She was literally ahead of Stanford in her vision.”

Mitch is now Co-Chief Executive Officer at Clear Seas Research and BNP Media.

You can read his full interview bout what AUR meant to him and how the institution has changed his life on our main website.

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