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Thomas R. Brown Scholarships Recognize MBA Students Focused on Technology and Management
On October 11, five recipients of Thomas R. Brown Distinguished Scholarships gathered with members of the Brown Family Foundation Board at the Arizona Inn for an awards luncheon.
The scholarships were first funded in 2002 in memory of Burr-Brown founder Tom Brown. After four years of annual funding, last year the Thomas R. Brown Family Foundation established $1 million endowments for both the Eller College of Management and the College of Engineering, to recruit and support top students in perpetuity.
The scholarship program at the Eller College supports full-time MBA students with declared interests in the field of technology and management. Three of this year’s recipients are dual-degree students, pairing their MBAs with master’s degrees in management information systems, natural resources, and mechanical engineering.
Patricia Ewanski, a dual-degree MBA and master’s in natural resources candidate and recipient of one of the scholarships, addressed an audience which included Sandy Brown Moran, Mary Brown, and Sarah Brown Smallhouse (Eller MBA ’88).
“I have spoken to my fellow scholarship recipients, and each one has told me how much this scholarship has affected their lives,” says Ewanski. “I’ve learned a little bit about their aspirations and I know how hard they work from the classes that we share. Each person I spoke with expressed their aspirations to become a leader like Mr. Brown and to excel in carrying his legacy forward.”
Ewanski plans to leverage her MBA and master’s in natural resources to work as a sustainable development strategist and “intrapreneur” for companies involved in renewable energies or clean technologies.
In addition to Ewanski, Eller scholarship recipients were Kaijia Bao, Fei-Shan Chang, Saurabh Gupta, and Edward White.