Lynn Business Center

Senior Honors and Awards
School of Business Administration

Congratulations to all of our 2020 award winners and recipients!

Business Systems and Analytics Awards

Business School Foundation Kenneth Jackson Award for Decision Science

The Business School Foundation Kenneth Jackson Award for Decision Science is awarded to a deserving student excelling in one or more courses in decision science. Dr. Kenneth Jackson was a professor of finance at Stetson University and developed the Roland George Investments Program.

Recipient: Roberta Goble

Business School Foundation Theodore J. Surynt Merit Award for Business Systems Analysis

This award is presented to a deserving student based on academic ability and performance. Dr. Ted Surynt was a professor of decision information sciences and a former associate dean at Stetson University. Dr. Surynt was also active in the community, serving on the West Volusia Literacy Council, United Way Board of Directors and as a Rotarian for 30 years.

Recipient: Amy Simons

Finance Awards

Business School Foundation Eugene M. Lynn Merit Award for Finance

Eugene M. Lynn was chairman emeritus of the Lynn Insurance Group and a Stetson donor and former student. He received an honorary doctorate from Stetson in 1978 and received our most prestigious honor, the Doyle E. Carlton Award, in 1979. The recipient of this award is a graduating senior selected based on outstanding academics and contributions to the Department of Finance.

Recipient: Rebecca Guerra

Business School Foundation Morgan Stanley Scholarship for Outstanding Certified Financial Planning Major

This scholarship is awarded to an outstanding CFP junior or senior. Considerations include excellent academic performance, Stetson University service activities, community service, and a desire to take the CFP exam and enter the financial planning profession.

Recipient: Greta Watkins

Outstanding Finance Student Award

This award is presented to a junior in the Department of Finance for outstanding ability, service and academic performance.

Recipient: Meadow Granda

Outstanding Senior Award in Economics

This award is presented to a senior in the Department of Finance for outstanding ability, service and academic performance.

Recipient: Paige Tenbroeck

Management Awards

Business School Foundation E.C. Furlong Merit Award for Management

This award is named after Edward C. Furlong, retired dean of business and professor emeritus, who served 40 years as a faculty member at Stetson University and 30 years as business dean. The award is presented to a management major based on outstanding ability and performance.

Recipient: Mackenzie Nalven

Business School Foundation Merit Award for Business Administration

This award is presented to a business administration major for outstanding ability and performance.

Recipient: Austin Beltran

Business School Foundation Merit Award for Entrepreneurship

This award is presented to an entrepreneurship major for outstanding ability and performance.

Recipient: Wyatt Peck

Business School Foundation Merit Award for International Business

This award is presented to an international business major for outstanding ability and performance.

Recipient: Luis Cortes

Adam Mullen Successful Student Award

This award, established in memory of former family business student Adam Mullen, is awarded each year to the students who best exemplify Adam's spirit and passion for the Family Enterprise Center. Academic, professional and social excellence are considered during award selection.

Recipients: Paxton Bailey and Rachel Cosker

Chris Davies Business Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship is named in memory of Stetson student Chris Davies. It is presented to a rising senior in the School of Business Administration who plans a career in small business.

Recipient: Bryson Pritchard

Monique Forte Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship, named after the late professor of management and former chair of the Department of Management, is awarded to a School of Business Administration student, with preference to those with majors in management, who has provided service to the School of Business Administration, the university and the community. The award is based on both academic ability and financial need.

Recipient: Nesha Mutuku

Marketing Awards

Business School Foundation Merit Award for Business Law

This award is presented to a business law minor for outstanding ability and performance.

Recipient: Maximillian Friederich

Business School Foundation Merit Award for Marketing

This award is presented to a marketing major for outstanding ability and performance.

Recipient: Finn Busmann

Business School Foundation Merit Award for Professional Sales

This award is presented to a professional sales major for outstanding ability and performance.

Recipient: Blake Crews

Business School Foundation Merit Award for Sport Business

This award is presented to a sport business major for outstanding ability and performance.

Recipient: Nicholas Saven

Distinguished Marketing Student

This award is presented to a business student for outstanding performance in marketing and sales.

Recipients: Abigail Hockenberry and Son Vu

Sport Business Scholarship and Service Award

This award is presented to a business student for outstanding performance in sport business.

Recipient: Liz Jackson

Marketing Ethics and Social Responsibility Award

This award is presented to a marketing student for outstanding performance and community service.

Recipient: Sudeep Maiti

Accounting Awards

M.E. Rinker, Sr. Institute of Tax and Accountancy

Business School Foundation David M. Beights Merit Award for Accounting

David M. Beights is considered the "father" of the Stetson accounting program. (He also pioneered the development of accounting programs at the University of Florida, Florida State University and Rollins College.) He served as department chair for a number of years and was inducted into the Stetson Accounting Hall of Fame in 2016. An endowed chair, the David M. Beights Professor of Accounting, was established in his name.

Recipient: Jayce Jimenez

Business School Foundation George Putnam Memorial Accounting Scholarship

This scholarship is funded by an endowment established by the late George Putnam. The recipient is selected based on written and verbal communication skills, interpersonal abilities, and campus and community involvement. The recipient must possess uncompromising ethical and moral standards and must have a high probability of success in the accounting profession.

Recipients: Sonia Chang, Joshua Finkelstein and Abigail Jagos

George Putnam Accounting Scholarship

This scholarship is funded by an endowment established by the late George Putnam. The recipient is selected based on communication skills, interpersonal abilities, and campus and community involvement. The recipient must possess uncompromising ethical and moral standards, and a high probability of success in the accounting profession.

Recipients: Remi Lavers and Mary Roth

Master Life Challenger Award

These scholarships are funded by an endowment established to honor the late Joseph J. Master, a legendary Stetson accounting professor 1964-1996, who served as accounting department chair and a university trustee, and was one of the founders of the Stetson Business School Foundation, Inc. He also was holder of the Christian Lindback Chair.

Recipients: Stephen Bracciano, Warren Fulkrod, Louisa Gonsecki, Erica Lee, Joshua Tong, Adeline Weems

Rinker Institute Merit Scholarship

This scholarship recognizes the academic merit of students entering the Master of Accountancy program.

Recipient: Nicholas Anastasio

Stephen and Mary Beth Pullum Scholarship

This scholarship is funded by an endowment established by Stephen and Mary Beth Pullum. The scholarship is awarded to a rising accounting senior and is based on outstanding academic achievement.

Recipient: Stephanie Lugo-Cervantes

FSA MAcc Student of the Year

The Federation of Schools of Accountancy Student Award Program annually recognizes an outstanding student from each full member school who is enrolled in the fifth year of a program leading to a Master of Accountancy degree designation.

Recipient: Alexandra Overdijking

Florida Board of Accountancy Clay Ford Minority Scholarship

This award was established by the Florida Board of Accountancy to encourage students to remain in school for the fifth year required to obtain a CPA license. The award is based on financial need; ethnicity, gender or racial minority status; completion of 120 hours; and Florida residency.

Recipients: Jackie Bryant, Genisa Callwood and Ashley Lezniewicz

FICPA - Robert Harris Endowment Scholarship Award

Established in 2009 to honor Robert R. Harris for his dedication, leadership and commitment to the accounting profession, the Florida Institute of CPAs Educational Foundation, Inc. presents this award to a fourth- or fifth-year, full-time, accounting student on the basis of academic achievement, financial need and demonstrated involvement in FICPA and other professional, social and charitable activities.

Recipient: Mark Hodae

FICPA - George E. Shierling Platinum Endowment Scholarship Award

This scholarship, named after a Stetson alumnus and active contributor to the Stetson accounting program, George Shierling, is awarded to a Stetson accounting student who plans to become a CPA and practice in the state of Florida. The award is based on both academic ability and financial need.

Recipient: Ivan Veramkovich

Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) Scholar

Since 2011, the PCAOB has administered a scholarship program for undergraduate and graduate accounting students enrolled in accredited U.S. colleges and universities. The PCAOB Scholars Program seeks to benefit students who are likely to become auditors and to make a difference for students who might otherwise choose a different career path. The program is mandated by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and funded through monetary penalties collected as part of PCAOB enforcement actions. Considerations include interest and aptitude in accounting and auditing, as evidenced by high academic accomplishments and ethical standards.

Recipient: Adeline Weems

Roger Swanger Legacy Award 

This award is named in honor of Double Hatter Roger Swanger ’85 (accounting), ’86 MAcc. Swanger was a 33-year veteran in the field of accounting, including 28 years at James Moore, where he served as a partner since 2001. This scholarship is awarded to an outstanding junior or senior accounting student. Considerations include excellent academic performance, as well as engagement on campus and within the community.

Recipient: Hong Van Tran

Leadership Awards

J.D. Bond and Charles E. Bradley Scholarship

This award is named in honor J.D. Bond, Jr. and his son-in-law Charles E. Bradley in recognition of their monetary contribution to the Foundation that established the scholarship. The Bond/Bradley Scholarship is presented to a rising senior based on high academic performance, excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Recipients: Elijah Campbell and Evelyn Kraklow

Business School Foundation Paul E. Dascher Outstanding Scholar Award

The Dascher award is named after dean emeritus and Rinker Distinguished Professor of Accounting, Paul Dascher. Dascher served at Stetson from 1993 to 2012. Dascher continues to serve on the Stetson Business School Foundation, Inc. Board of Directors. The award is given to a rising senior based on outstanding academic performance.

Recipient: Mackenzie Nalven

Thomas R. Horton Award in Business

The late Thomas R. Horton was a 1969 graduate of Stetson University and member of the Stetson University Board of Trustees. He was a tireless advocate for the health and education of children. This award is given to a rising senior who excels academically, is involved in the university/community volunteer activities and is overall an exceptional student in the School of Business Administration.

Recipient: Tara Tovkach

Graduate Awards

Business School Foundation Graduate Business Student Award—MAcc

This award is presented to a graduate student in the Master of Accountancy program for academic performance and character.

Recipients: Mark Hodae and Coilin MacNamara

Business School Foundation Graduate Business Student Award—MBA

This award is presented to a student in the Master of Business Administration program for academic performance and character.

Recipient: Bradley Lynas

Top MBA Academic Performance Award

This award is presented to a graduate student in the Master of Business Administration program for the highest academic performance exhibited in the program.

Recipient: Bradley Lynas

Top JD/MBA Academic Performance Award

This award is presented to a graduate student in the Juris Doctor/Master of Business Administration program for the highest academic performance exhibited in the program.

Recipient: Calvin Warriner

Top MBA/MS in Pharmacy Academic Performance Award

This award is presented to a graduate student in the Master of Business Administration/Master of Science in Pharmacy program for the highest academic performance exhibited in the program.

Recipient: Susan Duquaine

Ted Surynt Leadership Award

This award is presented each year to a graduating student who has demonstrated superior leadership and significant contributions to serving the Stetson and professional business community. The award is given in honor of Dr. Surynt, the late associate dean of business administration and Executive MBA information systems faculty member who served at the School of Business Administration for 30 years.

Recipient: Yamila Harris

Top EMBA Academic Performance Award

This award is presented to a graduate student in the Executive Master of Business Administration program for the highest academic performance exhibited in the program.

Recipient: Paige Funk