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Marriott School names 2006 Hawes Scholars

Highest honor for MBA students

Brigham Young University’s Marriott School of Management named nine MBA candidates as its 2006 Hawes Scholars—the highest distinction given to MBA students at the school. The honor, which carries a $10,000 cash award, recognizes students for scholastic and extracurricular success throughout the graduate program.

The 2006 Marriott School Hawes Scholars are Samuel Bernards of Alpine, Utah; Ryan Bybee of Orem; Anthony Coppel of Geneva, Switzerland; Brian Cutting of Danville, Calif.; Tara Haynie of St. George, Utah; Michael Kennington of Levenworth, Kan.; Cori Lindstrom of Elk Ridge, Utah; Trent Read of Salt Lake City, and Richard Zollinger of Idaho Falls, Idaho.

“By no means was the selection process easy,” says James Stice, MBA program director. “We asked the Marriott School faculty and students for input and recommendations. Many were considered, but in the end we feel these nine are most deserving.”

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, with the approval of the Hawes family. 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: Derek Westra

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