Published on May 11, 2021 by Morgan Black
In a special event prior to the commencement ceremony May 8, 2021, Samford University’s Brock School of Business presented final awards to its graduating seniors.
“It is our pleasure as your faculty to have this opportunity to express our appreciation for the hard work of our students,” said Dean Chad Carson.
Master of Accountancy Scholarships
The first scholarship presented was to outstanding accounting students who have chosen to pursue their Master of Accountancy at Samford. The recipients are:
Clifford C. Atfield
Grace L. Beardsley
Anna K. Brown
John Canon Brody Cantrell
Jennifer Hope Cone
Austin D. Eck
David J. Hartley
Jackson T. Pope
Kaitlyn J. Rausch
Hannah E. Reeder
Cooper K. Reynolds,
Jay T. Sanderson
Hannah E. Schuette
Larkin E. Schultz
Jacob T. Stewart
Allison T. Thomas
Timothy J. Whitley
Sarah M. Williams
Elizabeth J. Zolman
Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute Scholarships
The Chartered Financial Analyst program, administered by the global CFA Institute, is considered the most recognized and respected credential in the investment management industry. The CFA Institute awards scholarships annually for Samford finance students to take the CFA exams. The following students were selected based on their potential to successfully pursue and obtain their CFA certification: Ashton Roetto and Hugo da Silva Moreira.
Financial Executives International Awards
For many years, the Birmingham Chapter of Financial Executives International generously recognized two outstanding students–one accounting major and one finance major–from each of several universities in Alabama, including Samford. The chapter has now disbanded but chose to donate money remaining in its treasury to fund ongoing recognitions over a period of several years. Two graduating seniors were recognized for the awards: Elizabeth Zolman (accounting) and Bo Davies (finance).
American Marketing Association Awards
Alpha Mu Alpha is the national honorary society of the American Marketing Association (AMA) which recognized outstanding scholastic achievement. The Samford AMA chapter inducted new members into Alpha Mu Alpha this year including Kylie Ballard, Taylor McElmurry, Mallory Messer, Ashton Smith, Marshal Smith and Lauren Wyatt. Further, the AMA chapter annually recognizes a member who provided strong leadership and noteworthy service. This year’s outstanding AMA student was Mallory Messer.
Outstanding Beta Alpha Psi Member
Beta Alpha Psi is the academic honors organization for accounting majors. For many years, the Samford chapter of Beta Alpha Psi has been recognized as a Superior Chapter by the international organization and is on track for this recognition again this year. To accomplish this, Beta Alpha Psi student members attend professional programs and participate in community service for a total of more than 1,000 hours. Each year, graduating senior is recognized who demonstrated outstanding service to the chapter. This year’s outstanding member was Bobby Mahurin.
Outstanding Achievement in Economics Award
Omicron Delta Epsilon (ODE) is the academic honor society for economics. In recognition of her hard work for the Samford chapter, the award for Outstanding Achievement in Economics to was presented to Sinclaire Green.
Financial Management Most Valuable Member Award
Financial Management Association (FMA) International provides opportunities for professional interaction between and among finance faculty, practitioners, and students and sponsors a national academic honor society for finance majors. The FMA Most Valuable Member Award was presented to Cassidy Goble.
Outstanding Student in Risk Management and Insurance
Gamma Iota Sigma is the international fraternity of risk management, insurance and actuarial sciences. In recognition of her contributions as vice president of the Samford chapter, Master of Business Administration student Roos McClellan was recognized as the 2021 Outstanding Student in Risk Management and Insurance.
John R. Mott Award
The John R. Mott Award is presented to a man in the graduating class who represents high character, scholarship and student public service. This year’s award winner was Tanner Thompson.
Brock School of Business Who’s Who
Every year, our students distinguish themselves through academic achievements, honors, scholarships received, and activities such as internships and community service projects. In recognition of the graduating seniors whose accomplishments and participation in school activities have been especially noteworthy, these students have been named the 2021 Who’s Who for the Brock School of Business.
Students of Overall Distinction
Students who perform and achieve at the highest level in their chosen major or concentration and shows great potential for future success in their field was chosen as a student of overall distinction. This year’s recipients are:
Outstanding Economics Senior: Haven Voorhees
Outstanding Finance Senior: Jenny Chin-Lai
Outstanding Data Analytics Senior: Ashton Smith
Outstanding Management Senior: Rylen Smith
Outstanding Marketing Senior: Lauren Wyatt
Outstanding Entrepreneurship Senior: Marshal Smith
Outstanding Sports Marketing Senior: Mallory Messer
Outstanding Professional Sales Senior: Josh Serena
Outstanding Social Entrepreneurship Senior: Sara Bartlett
Outstanding Accounting Senior: David Hartley
The following awards are the most distinguished and prestigious awards presented each year by Brock School of Business.
Distinguished Service Award
Each year, Brock School of Business recognizes graduates who have distinguished themselves by providing outstanding service to the school, the university, and to the community. Three awards were given to Anna Hill, Mallory Messer and Haven Voorhees.
Outstanding International Student Award
Annually, Brock School of Business recognizes one international student who represents the best of the school’s global ties with other cultures. This year’s awardee, Rossouw Norval, is from South Africa.
Graduating Senior Outstanding Academic Achievement Award
This award goes to the graduating senior with the highest cumulative Grade Point Average over four years of college. The 2021 recipient was David Hartley.
Brock School of Business Faculty Student of Distinction Award
Each year the Brock School of Business faculty recognize graduating seniors who exemplify the best qualities of all students who pass through the doors of the school. The students are chosen based on the criteria of academic performance, school spirit and leadership potential. This year’s recipients were David Hartley and Tanner Thompson.
John C. Pittman Award
This prestigious award is given to a Brock School of Business graduating senior who has exhibited an exceptional combination of qualities in leadership, academic excellence and Christian commitment. This student receives an engraved silver Paul Revere Bowl and a monetary prize. The 2021 John C. Pittman Award winner was Cassidy Goble.
Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.