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Gifts that Made a Difference
Brad Sarnoff Scholarship Targets B Students
By Serida Fong (BSBA Marketing ’09)
Brad Sarnoff (BSBA Marketing ’98) says the Eller College largely determined where he is today, and he hopes to provide the same opportunity to current students through the Brad Sarnoff Scholarship. Sarnoff is currently the executive vice president of sales for his family’s business, Handi-foil of America, a manufacturer of aluminum foil
containers, roll foil, and pop up sheets for the food service
and retail/supermarket industry.
Brad Sarnoff (right) with
brother (left) and father
“I wanted to give back to the university that meant so much to me,” he says. The first scholarship was awarded in spring 2009 to a full-time undergraduate student pursuing a BSBA, and who is in good academic standing. Uniquely, the student must have a GPA of 3.0 to 3.5.
Sarnoff considers himself the ultimate B student, and believes that his involvement outside school helped him become a well-rounded person. “With as many distractions as there are at a school as wonderful as the U of A, it took it took me a year or two to get my footing as a student,” he explains. “After getting used to the routine of student life and the rest that Arizona has to offer, I starting taking my future a lot more seriously.”
Most scholarships, he says, are geared towards high-achieving students, but he wants to offer opportunities to students who, like himself, “blossomed in their later years.” His scholarship support will fund two students each year. Preference for the scholarships will be given to students with demonstrated financial need. Recipients will be selected by the undergraduate scholarship committee.
Sarnoff attributes much of his success to his time in college. “It was the best four years of my life,” he says. “The University of Arizona provided an avenue for me to flourish in my business and personal life. I only hope that this scholarship can provide some of the same experiences that I was lucky enough to have at Eller.”
For more information on supporting Eller College of Management students through scholarships, contact Julie Trujillo at 520.621.2900 or firstname.lastname@example.org.