Eccles Scholarship Awarded to Eleven Students

PROVO, Utah – Jul 11, 2019 – Eleven first-year MBA candidates were recognized from the Marriott School of Business at Brigham Young University as Eccles Scholars, an award presented by the school’s Whitmore Global Management Center (GMC). Up to $9,000 of financial aid is awarded to each recipient for schooling expenses, international projects, and global career exploration.

“The Eccles scholarship program has a long history of accelerating the global career path trajectory of BYU Marriott MBAs,” says Bruce Money, executive director of the GMC. “This year’s class is no different. We eagerly anticipate and appreciate the accomplishments and service of these students in the international business community and the worldwide church. They are to be heartily congratulated, and the Eccles family sincerely thanked.”

The 2019 Eccles scholars are Benjamin Thomas Anderson, Joshua Brooks, Andrew W. Daniels, Matthew C. Lipps, Michael R. Moore, Wilson Moreno, James Ngai, Austin Pollard, Tiago Triumpho, Sophia Zhang, Xun (Alex) Zhang.

A committee of faculty members interviewed applicants and selected the top eleven candidates, who were chosen on the basis of academic performance and trajectory toward a global business career.

The Eccles Scholars Award is funded by the George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation. The foundation was created in 1960 to ensure that the Eccles’ philanthropic work would continue beyond their lifetimes. The foundation supports many projects and programs, particularly in education, at nearly every college and university campus throughout the state of Utah.

Benjamin Thomas Anderson hails from Mendon, Utah. He received his BA in German from Utah State University in 2014. Anderson worked from 2014 to 2018 in Chengdu, China, where he also performed in a reality TV show seen by more than 40 million people. As an MBA candidate, he participates in the product management, marketing, strategy & consulting, and entrepreneurship clubs. “I believe in continuous growth,” says Anderson. “I believe in creating things that have impact. I believe in people and relationships. Being in the MBA program, I’ve already learned so much. I hope to continue taking international business classes and go on the KMBA study-abroad trips. I am grateful to be in a place that values diversity of backgrounds, cultures, and ideas.”

Joshua Brooks, who is from Arlington, Washington, earned his BA in accountancy from Arizona State University in 2013. In 2018, Brooks worked with the second-largest waste disposal company in the United States, Republic Services Inc. He enhanced the company’s five-year strategic plans to increase the stock value more than 30 percent through complex cash-flow sensitivity analysis. As an MBA candidate, he participates in the strategy and consulting club, analytics club, and graduate entrepreneurship association. “I have seen the importance of gaining a global mind-set and business acumen,” Brooks says. “We live in a world where business transcends borders, and current trends show the rise of a global economy. The Eccles scholarship will further enable me to receive the international experience necessary to have future global career opportunities.”

Andrew W. Daniels, from Sacramento, California, has a BS degree in business management from BYU-I in 2016. He plays bass One-Eyed Rhyno, a rock band that recently signed a record contract with a regional record label. Daniels is planning to graduate in 2020 with an MBA/JD degree from BYU Marriott and the J. Reuben Clark Law School at BYU. Daniels is in the top 20 percent of his class at the law school, while also in the 91st percentile for his GMAT score. “BYU Marriott has given me both the tools and opportunities I need to accomplish my goals,” Daniels says. “I am grateful to have been given the opportunity to be here. Coming into the program, I wasn't sure what to expect; I only knew what I hoped to accomplish. I would do this over again—one hundred percent!”

Matthew C. Lipps has a BS in finance and is currently in the MBA program. Originally from Roseville, California, he is a bassist for six local Utah bands. Along with his MBA candidacy, Lipps is also a CFA Level III candidate. “The Eccles scholarship provided me with the resources to make connections with international professionals and a sense of responsibility to represent my university and its sponsoring institution on an international stage,” Lipps says. “I feel extremely grateful for this privilege, and as a result, I feel more driven to be successful in this endeavor. I feel greater willingness to give back to similar students and help more classmates ‘go forth to serve.’”

Michael R. Moore earned a BS in information technology and a minor in computer science from BYU in 2008. Following his undergraduate, he received his MA in geographic information sciences from the University of Minnesota before being accepted into BYU Marriott’s MBA program. Moore was a finalist in the 2018 Adobe Analytics Challenge where more than thirteen hundred students from over one hundred schools participated. “The Eccles scholarship will help me achieve my dreams of working internationally,” Moore says. “I’ve been working to pivot my career so that those opportunities will be available to me, and the scholarship will help provide opportunities that will prepare me for the future.”

Wilson Moreno earned his BS in economics in 2013 from the Universidad Naclonal De Trujillo in his home town of Tujillo, Peru. Moreno taught himself English by listening to podcasts and subscribing to an American newspaper. Learning English allowed him to become an MBA candidate in finance at BYU Marriott. Moreno is the president and founder of a Latin American business group at BYU Marriott. “BYU’s MBA has provided me the platform to interact with companies in Latin America that I wouldn’t be able to do otherwise,” says Moreno. “I am looking forward to being an Eccles scholar based on the steps I am taking to develop an international business career, my desire to obtain the global management certificate, and my goal to be one of the alumni who fulfills BYU’s motto: the world is our campus.”

James Ngai hails from Calgary, Canada, where he earned his BS in mechanical engineering from the Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary in 2010. In Ngai’s spare time, he is a professional landscape photographer. In his first year as an MBA candidate, Ngai took first place at the BYU Danone Creative Brief Marketing Competition. “BYU has been a great experience that has exceeded my expectations,” says Ngai. “Be it my colleagues or the faculty, which have all been top notch, I've been impressed with BYU. I'm excited for my internship and to be back in the fall.”

Austin Pollard hails from Alpine, Utah. He graduated with a BS in business management strategy from BYU in 2015. Pollard loves long-distance running and has run three half-marathons. During his undergraduate and now graduate studies at BYU, he participated in many organizations including leadership council, marketing association, business strategy club, kaizen, marketing lab, marketing association, analytics, and strategy & consulting. “I am grateful for the Eccles’ contributions and their influence in my life,” says Pollard. “I am excited that their contributions can enable me and my family to achieve an important goal: work in Europe.”

Tiago Triumpho earned his undergraduate in his hometown of Sao Paulo, Brazil. He received a BS in physics 2007 from the Universidade De Sao Paulo-USP. Triumpho enjoys camping and hiking with family and friends. He has even rafted a class five rapid. As an MBA student at BYU Marriott, Triumpho took first place in the 2018 Marketing Creative Brief Case Competition. “One of my goals was to have an international experience,” explains Triumpho. “Being away from my home country was a tough decision, and BYU Marriott’s MBA has not only given me the experience I wanted, but it has also far and away exceeded my expectations in terms of quality and preparation for my future career.”

Sophia Zhang has lived in both Australia and the United States, but she originally hails from Beijing. She is proficient in both English and Mandarin; she even taught Chinese in Sydney during an exchange program in 2014. As an MBA candidate, Zhang is a member of both the tech society and analytics clubs. “I take the Eccles scholar as a great honor to have,” Zhang says. “It is much more important than a simple scholarship or award. I believe the Eccles Scholars are expected for more than being excellent in academic performance, it is the recognition of people who demonstrate desire and potential to contribute significantly in a global business setting.”

Xun (Alex) Zhang, originally from Shanghai, China, moved to Canada where he earned his bachelor’s degree in commerce, finance, and accounting from the University of Toronto in 2008. In 2018, he won a basketball championship playing with the Toronto Chinese Basketball League. As an MBA candidate, Zhang’s GMAT score of 720 ranks in the 94th percentile. His experiences with the BYU Marriott faculty have deeply impressed Zhang. “Faculty members are knowledgeable, humble, kind, helpful, patient and possess many other Christlike attributes,” explains Zhang. “They not only do a great job in teaching and helping students develop business knowledge and skills, but they also try their best to share personal testimonies and spiritual stories to uplift students whenever possible inside and outside classes.”

The BYU Marriott School of Business prepares men and women of faith, character, and professional ability for positions of leadership throughout the world. Named for benefactors J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott, the school is located at Brigham Young University, the largest privately owned, church-sponsored university in the United States. BYU Marriott has four graduate and ten undergraduate programs with an enrollment of approximately 3,300 students.

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