By Margaret McKinney
Five New Mexico Highlands University business students received scholarships from Bloomberg Businessweek for writing outstanding business case studies.
Ryan Romero – An international business junior from Mora, won the $600 gold scholarship.
Duong Nguyen – A finance sophomore from Hanoi, Vietnam won the $400 silver scholarship.
Daniel Hern – An accounting junior from Dilia, won the $200 bronze scholarship.
Ariana Lomeli – A finance junior from Glendale, Ariz. won a $100 honorable mention scholarship.
Raymond Torres – An accounting junior from Redwood City, Calif. won a $100 honorable mention scholarship.
All the students were in business instructor Melanie Zollner’s principals of management course spring semester.
“These student demonstrated superior writing and analytical skills to complete their case studies,” said Margaret Young, dean of the School of Business, Media and Technology. “A key element of business education is a student’s ability to analyze what makes a business successful. The students researched and referenced Bloomberg Businessweek articles to write their case studies.”
The university’s business faculty evaluated the students’ case studies and selected the scholarship winners.
“I’ve always liked to write, and at Mora High School we had a strong writing program,” Romero said. “It was interesting to research Whole Foods and write the case study for the competition. I’m glad I had the opportunity.”
“I appreciate how the business faculty at Highlands gives you real-world knowledge in your chosen discipline along with one-on-one attention and advising,” Romero said.
“As an international student, I like the friendly environment at Highlands,” Nguyema said. “People really care about you here and accept you as part of the community. The business professors are super knowledgeable and helpful.”
The scholarships were funded through Bloomberg Businessweek’s B-School Connection Program. Young worked with Bloomberg Businessweek to establish the scholarship program at Highlands, now in its second year.