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Globally savvy BYU MBA students win Eccles Scholar Awards

Brigham Young University MBA students from California to Armenia are preparing to flood the globe with business skills and international expertise. To better prepare these students for their future international roles, the Kay and Yvonne Whitmore Global Management Center named six students from the MBA Class of 2010 as George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Scholars.

Each student receives $10,000 to further his or her Marriott School education and to prepare them for the world of international business.

“The Eccles Scholar award signals recruiters that these students are passionate about international business,” says Lee Radebaugh, director of the Global Management Center. “We selected students who we felt were very much interested in and prepared for international careers.”

The 2009 Eccles Scholars are first-year MBA students: Ryan Andrus from Orem, Utah; Michelle Blood from Murrieta, Calif.; Zachary Clarke from Pocatello, Idaho; James Fowler from Sandy Creek, N.Y.; Kyle Freebaim from Tucson, Ariz.; and Sevak Tsaturyan from Dilijam, Armenia.

“The decision was very difficult to make because all of the candidates were outstanding,” Radebaugh says, “and some of those who did not make it into the final six were also very deserving of the award.”

Five faculty members from the Marriott School aided Radebaugh in the selection process by interviewing each of the 17 applicants. The scholars were selected based on international experience, a passion for international business, career goals and academic markers such as GMAT score, GPA and faculty recommendations.

Each scholar sees a BYU education as a great help to them in their international business career. “BYU is a special place,” Tsaturyan says. “It is not only a spiritual and admirable campus but an overall excellent university.”

The George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation was formed in 1960 as a philanthropic work that would continue beyond the donors’ lifetimes. The foundation supports a wide range of projects and programs throughout the state, including having funds and programs established on nearly every college and university campus in Utah.

The Marriott School is located at Brigham Young University, the largest privately owned, church-sponsored university in the United States. The school has nationally recognized programs in accounting, business management, public management, information systems and entrepreneurship. The school’s mission is to prepare men and women of faith, character and professional ability for positions of leadership throughout the world. Approximately 3,000 students are enrolled in the Marriott School’s graduate and undergraduate programs.

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Writer: Sea Walker


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