Event Brings Scholarship Donors and Recipients Together
Annual Scholarship Recognition Dinner celebrates students and alumni.
ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Several student scholarship recipients and an alumnus were honored for their achievements at the Ross School's Annual Scholarship Recognition Dinner on March 23.
Clyde McKenzie, BBA '70 and MBA '74 introduced several speakers, including Daquent Robinson, BBA '07 and recipient of two scholarships—the Clyde and Harriet McKenzie Scholarship and the first Dr. Alfred L. Edwards Black Alumni Association Scholarship.
Robinson said that the scholarships help motivate him to succeed. "I want to show my benefactors that I'll work diligently to represent their legacy," he said, adding that "the Ross School instills a sense of pride and accomplishment that stays with you. These scholarships give me the backing to ensure my success and I hope to give one myself someday."
Isadore King, BBA '71 and MBA '74, recognized Robinson as the Black Alumni Association scholarship recipient, noting the association named the award after Edwards because he is a source of pride for many students and alumni.
Danielle Tomassini, MBA '06 and recipient of the General Motors Women in Business Fellowship, said she wanted to attend a school that has a strong support system for women.
"Coming from the auto industry where there are few female leaders, I wanted to make a difference in the MBA program," she said. "The recognition from GM has helped validate the work I've done and helped highlight the importance of women in business."
BBA student Paul Johnson, recipient of the James B. Wolf Family Term Scholarship, said he appreciated the recognition. "It's difficult to find academic versus needs-based scholarships," he added.
Rebecca Bailey, MBA '06 and recipient of the Edward Austin Jones Memorial Scholarship, enjoyed meeting her donor, Helen Louise (H.L.) Ittner (Jones' sister), in person.
While recognizing Bailey for her scholarship, Ittner told the audience that her brother was fortunate to have scholarship money when he was in school and that it was a simple decision to use his estate to invest in a student's education.
William Hall, MBA '67 and PhD '69, received the Bert F. Wertman Alumni Service Award—established in 1989 in honor of Bert F. Wertman, MBA '28. The award recognizes alumni for outstanding service to the business school or University.
In his speech, Hall discussed the five generations of his family who have contributed to the University, saying that his great-grandmother enlisted the support of Susan B. Anthony to help women get accepted into the University in the mid-1800s. "We're proud to be a part of the U-M family," he concluded.
Hall is co-founder and chairman of Procyon Technologies, Inc., a Chicago-based holding company focused on the acquisition and growth of suppliers to the global aerospace and defense industry.
Hall previously served as chairman and CEO of Falcon Building Products, Inc., president and CEO of Eagle Industries, Inc. and as partner at Equity Group Corporate Investments.
During the 1970s, Hall served as a professor of business administration at the Michigan and Harvard business schools and the European Institute of Business Administration. He is currently an adjunct faculty member at Ross and chairs the school's Visiting Committee.
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