Master of Arts in Management Students Honor Classmates with Leadership Awards

2.8.2012 Article, General, School News

Two Master of Arts in Management students have earned scholarship awards for their academic performance and leadership at the Wake Forest University Schools of Business. The awards were given out in a ceremony on Feb. 7.

“This is a special moment for the Master of Arts in Management program,” said Matt Merrick, Senior Associate Dean of Students. “We usually give scholarships based on what you have done before you got here. We have never given an award for what you do here academically and as a leader in the program.”

Steele Windle (MA ’12) won the Dean’s MA Leadership Scholarship and Denmore McDermott (MA ‘12) won the Duke Energy MA Leadership Scholarship. Each received a check for $10,000.

“I like that these awards were based on nominations and essays, and were voted on by the class,” said Derrick Boone, Academic Director of the Master of Arts in Management Program. He told the winners, “I am proud of the growth you have displayed over your time here.”

Upon receiving his Leadership Award, Windle said, “I appreciate this honor, and as far as I’m concerned, this check could have been divvied up among everybody for their contributions to our class.”

Michael Lepore, video coordinator for Wake Forest Basketball, announced the Duke Energy Scholarship for former Wake Forest Basketball walk-on player McDermott. Lepore said McDermott was an encouraging leader on and off of the basketball court. “From day one, he showed his amazing work ethic and gave 100% all of the time. There is no quit in him,” said Lepore.

McDermott accepted his award saying, “I have been blessed to be around great groups, whether in basketball or in choir, I wouldn’t trade them for the world. But, I think one of the best groups I have ever been a part of in my life is this MA in Management class.”

Steve Reinemund, Dean of Business, congratulated the award winners. “I am really impressed with the leadership of this class. Thank you for what you contribute. It not only helps the students here, it helps us learn how to get better for students in our future classes.”

Hansford Johnson, Master of Arts in Management Program Manager and Director of Student Affairs thanked all of the students who participated. “This whole idea was to be driven by the students,” he said.

“Congratulations, your peers think of you with high regard.”