College of Business Awards $300,000 in Scholarships

TAMPA, FL (Sept. 9, 2009) The University of South Florida College of Business will present almost $300,000 in scholarships to 120 students at the 2009 Scholarship Awards Luncheon to be held on Sept. 11 at the College of Business Atrium. Scholarship recipients will meet the donors of these scholarships at the 11:45 a.m.ceremony.


Business sophomore Justin Chan, who lost his sight when he was eight years old as a result of leukemia treatments, will speak at the luncheon, along with Jessica Antiquino, an honor student and newly minted business graduate who received need-based scholarships and graduated debt-free this past May.


The luncheon, a 20-plus year tradition, is a much-valued opportunity for donors to meet the students who are benefitting from their generosity. Robert Forsythe, dean of the College of Business, said the event affords the college the chance to publicly thank these donors for their continued support in helping students achieve their educational goals.


“Donors, alumni and corporate partners will be able to see the faces of the next generation of business leaders, many of whom depend on the scholarships to help pave the way to their success,” Forsythe said. “The students, in turn, spend time getting to know the people whose kind donations made their scholarships possible. The College of Business is proud to provide these scholarships every year to help students pursue their education in this field. The funds will provide significant financial support to the recipients."



USF's College of Business and School of Accountancy are dually accredited by AACBS International.  In addition to providing one of the nation's top accounting programs, the College of Business offers six master's degree programs, including a part-time and weekend Executive MBA program.


The University of South Florida System is one of the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community-engaged, four-year public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. USF was awarded $380.4 million in research contracts and grants in FY 2008/2009. The system offers 232 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. It has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 47,000 students on institutions/campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.


Story written by Marketing and Communications Officer, Lorie Briggs, College of Business.