The Brigham Young University Marriott School of Management named eight MBA candidates as its 2009 Hawes Scholars. The honor, which carries a cash award of $10,000, is the highest distinction given to MBA students at the school.
The 2009 Marriott School Hawes Scholars are second-year MBA candidates Christian Hsieh, Taipei, Taiwan; Bryce LaPierre, Woburn, Mass.; Bryson Lord, Salt Lake City; Justin Maner, Taylor, Ariz.; Sean Morrison, Eugene, Ore.; Brandon Robinson, Lakeland, Fla.; Catherine Sawaya, Orem, Utah; and Mark Seely, Brigham City, Utah.
“Almost two-thirds of the members of the second-year class were nominated,” says Craig Merrill, MBA program director. “This is a wonderful reflection of the high quality of contributions made by the vast majority of our students. We enjoy a community of students who both aspire to high performance in their profession and are concerned about the success of their classmates.”
Selection is based on academic performance, leadership maturity and a commitment to high ethical standards. Nominations for the Hawes Scholars are made by students and faculty and voted on by both groups. Final selections are made by the Hawes Scholar Committee.
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.
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 finance, Hawes has a reputation for integrity, hard work and community service.
Writer: Sara E. Payne