Four Sewanee students have been awarded Beecken Scholarships for summer “bridge” programs at some of the nation’s premier business schools. The scholarships provide from 50 percent up to 100 percent of program costs.
This year’s recipients are:
Sharron Bockman, C’18, from Chattanooga, Tennessee, majoring in international and global studies
George Bukawyn, C’17, from Short Hills, New Jersey, majoring in economics
Huguette Ciza, C’17, from Bujumburra, Burundi, majoring in economics
Jan DeLozier, C’16, from Nashville, Tennessee, double majoring in art history and women's and gender studies
Bridge programs are designed by business schools specifically for liberal arts students to provide them an “accelerated start” on acquiring specific business-related skills, including strategic thinking, marketing, principles of management, organizational development, team building, business communications, accounting, and finance. Students also gain numerous networking opportunities, career services assistance, and exposure to potential employers.
Beecken Scholars have the opportunity to attend one of the following business schools: the Tuck Business Bridge Program at Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business, the Summer Institute for General Management at Stanford Business School, the BASE Summer Program at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Summer Business Scholars Program at the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago.
Sharron Bockman, a sophomore majoring in international and global studies, is also a Bonner Leader and a member of Order of Gownsmen. Through the Bonner program, Bockman has worked with community partners as an after-school tutor for at-risk elementary and middle school children and has co-created a summer meals program for students in Grundy, Marion, and Franklin counties in Tennessee. Bockman will attend the Summer Business Scholars Program at the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago.
George Bukawyn, a junior economics major, is a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and the Order of Gownsmen. Bukawyn is a founding member of the men’s club ice hockey team, a member of the men’s lacrosse team and is on the student-athlete academic honor roll. Bukawyn will study at the Tuck Business Bridge Program at Dartmouth.
Huguette Ciza, a junior economics major, is a member of Order of Gownsmen and a board member of the Multicultural Club. Ciza is president of the African Caribbean Student Association and a finance sector leader in the Sewanee Investment Club. She is a translator for Neema Resettlement Ministry through St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Ciza plans to attend the Summer Institute for General Managment at Stanford Business School.
Jan DeLozier, a senior double major in art history and women's and gender studies, is a member of the Order of Gownsmen and Theta Kappa Phi sorority. DeLozier is the recipient of the Woods Leadership Award granted in October of 2014 and helped recruit new students as a senior interviewer. She is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa leadership fraternity and of Phi Beta Kappa, and is the co-director of the Bairnwick Women’s Center. DeLozier will attend the Summer Business Scholars Program at the Booth School of Business.
Including the current awards, the Beecken Scholarships program has funded summer business bridge opportunities for 56 Sewanee students since 2007. The scholarships are made possible by a generous gift commitment from David (C’68) and Kitty Beecken.