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BYU's Marriott School names 2004 Hawes Scholars

The Marriott School at Brigham Young University announces ten MBA candidates as its 2004 Hawes Scholars. The honor, which carries a cash award of $10,000 for each recipient, is the highest distinction given to MBA students at the school.

The 2004 Marriott School Hawes Scholars are Brian Baker, Brent Dykes, John Higginson and Melissa Randall of Provo, Utah; Nathan Furr and Michael Hennessy of Boston, Mass.; Jessica Johnson of Lafayette, Calif.; Jason Marx of Hyde Park, Utah; Gretchen Olson of Paradise, Utah; and Whitney Seamons of New Canaan, Conn.

"Each student in the class of 2004 has contributed to the success of our MBA program," says James Stice, MBA program director. "However, the ten individuals who were selected as Hawes Scholars stood out because of the extraordinary contributions they have made. They were selected by their peers, faculty and the administration because of their leadership skills, the service they have provided to the MBA program and to BYU and their commitment to the mission of Brigham Young University."

Nominations for the Hawes Scholars are made by students and faculty and voted on by both groups. Final selection is made by the Hawes Scholar Committee. Selection is based on academic performance, leadership maturity and a commitment to high ethical standards.

Named for successful corporate executive Rodney A. Hawes Jr. and his wife Beverly, the award was created in 1998 to recognize the accomplishments of graduating MBA students. The Hawes Scholar award is one of many initiatives made possible by the Hawes Endowment, a gift of more than $2 million used to facilitate the growth and enhancement of the Marriott School's nationally ranked MBA program. Mr. Hawes, a Baker Scholar from the Harvard Business School, and his wife wanted to create a tradition at the Marriott School that recognizes and rewards excellence among students entering the business world.

Mr. Hawes served as chairman and CEO of Life Re Corporation, a leading provider of life reinsurance in the United States. In addition to being widely recognized for his expertise in financial matters, Hawes has a reputation for integrity, hard work and community service.

Writer: Andrew Watson

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