The Marriott School at Brigham Young University named ten master of business administration candidates as its 2005 Hawes Scholars. The honor, which carries a cash award of $10,000, is the highest distinction given to MBA students at the school.
The 2005 Marriott School Hawes Scholars are Ignacio Araya of Quito, Ecuador; B. Chance Bagley of Tempe, Ariz.; Jamila Cutliff of Saginaw, Mich.; Alma Faerber of Murray, Utah; Dennis Gammon of Vineyard, Utah; Hanna Kjerengtroen of Minsk, Belarus; Eric McPherson of Fruit Heights, Utah; David Smith of Salt Lake City; Jeremy Telford of Salt Lake City; and J. Brandon Thomas of Sandy, Utah.
"Identifying the Hawes Scholars is a difficult task each year," says James Stice, MBA program director. "Selection is based on input from peers, faculty and the MBA administration. This year's Hawes Scholars are tremendous examples of leadership, service and ability."
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.
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.
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: Chad Little