Millikin students honored for academic excellence
Millikin University's Tabor School of Business honored students for their achievements and successes in the classroom during its annual endowed scholarships ceremony on Dec. 13, 2019, held in ADM-Scovill Hall on Millikin's campus.
Recipients of the Nims Associates, Inc. Scholarship, Rick Bibb Scholarship, Dr. James Watson Scholarship, Sharon T. Alpi Scholarship and the R. Michael Campbell Memorial Scholarship for Entrepreneurship were unveiled.
"This is a day where we can celebrate and congratulate our students for their academic accomplishments," said Dr. Najiba Benabess, dean of the Tabor School of Business.
Gina Bianchi, vice president for Alumni & Development at Millikin noted, "We wouldn't be here today if it weren't for the generosity of our former alums, former faculty members and friends of the University who find what we do compelling enough to share their resources."
The first scholarship on the docket was the Nims Associates, Inc. Scholarship which was awarded to Seth Hansen, an information systems major from Springfield, Ill. The Nims Associates, Inc. Scholarship is an endowed scholarship awarded to juniors majoring in information systems whose cumulative grade point average is at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Bruce Nims, founder of Nims Associates, Inc., is a 1972 graduate of Millikin and is an emeritus member of the Millikin Board of Trustees.
Hansen is a senior consultant with Millikin University Performance Consulting (MUPC) and has served as a supplemental instructor for a number of information systems courses at Millikin.
The R. Michael Campbell Memorial Scholarship for Entrepreneurship is presented to students who are entrepreneurship majors or minors, have a minimum 2.5 GPA and demonstrate campus or community leadership supporting entrepreneurial initiatives. The scholarship was created in 2017 in memory of alumnus R. Michael Campbell, class of 1967. A passionate learner with an independent mind, it was Campbell's ambition that led him to become a successful entrepreneur and businessman in which he formed his own real estate development company. The memorial scholarship reflects Campbell's interest in providing students the opportunities to develop and cultivate the skill sets necessary to explore and create innovative endeavors.
This year's honorees were Nicole Casler, a junior arts technology major from Mundelein, Ill.; Loren Agee, a senior business management major from Maroa, Ill.; Olivia Brewer, a senior entrepreneurship major from Moweaqua, Ill.; Tyler Coppernoll, a junior entrepreneurship major from Decatur, Ill.; Kelsey Miller, a junior entrepreneurship major from Decatur; Carrie Thompson, a senior graphic design/computer art major with an entrepreneurship minor from Marion, Ill.; Kaitlyn Wond, a junior entrepreneurship major from Decatur; Mary Callaghan, a junior entrepreneurship major from Chicago; and Nicolas Harper, a senior entrepreneurship major with a psychology minor from Decatur.
Graphic designer Carrie Thompson, also a James Millikin Scholar, hopes to one day work in the music industry creating album covers, working on videos and photo shoots. "As a graphic design major, it was a pleasant surprise to receive a scholarship from the Tabor School of Business," she said. "It's been a good experience at Millikin and the faculty are very personable, and they help you find opportunities based on what you want to explore."
Zack McReynolds, a junior entrepreneurship major from Peoria, Ill., was the recipient of the Sharon T. Alpi Scholarship which is given to a current student in the Tabor School of Business who demonstrates leadership, a passion for entrepreneurship and an interest in international study. The endowed scholarship was established with gifts from friends, family and colleagues of Professor Alpi to celebrate her retirement from Millikin University and to honor her 25 years of passionate teaching, service to students and commitment to entrepreneurship and business.
"To be recognized with a scholarship from the person that founded the Center for Entrepreneurship is incredible," said McReynolds. "I'm grateful for the scholarship, but more so for Sharon (Alpi) laying the groundwork for generations to come. There's a saying, 'living is the process of learning.' Each thing I've been involved with at Millikin, I've learned something about myself."
Skielyr Trenkle, a junior business management major from Le Roy, Ill., was recognized with the Rick Bibb Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to a junior or senior in the Tabor School of Business with a 3.0 GPA who demonstrates leadership within Tabor, a passion for marketing and an interest in international study while at Millikin. The endowed scholarship was established with gifts from friends, family and colleagues of Professor Rick Bibb to celebrate his retirement from Millikin and to honor his 30 years of passionate teaching and service to students.
Alida Mugisha, an international student from Bujumbura, Burundi, was awarded the Dr. James Watson Scholarship which recognizes a student in the Tabor School of Business with a minimum 3.0 GPA who has an interest in studying international business or studying abroad. The endowed scholarship was established in honor of Dr. James Watson, professor emeritus of the Tabor School of Business, and his many years of teaching and service at Millikin.
The scholarships awarded by the Tabor School of Business on Dec. 13 range from $750-$3000.