Often, students receiving scholarships never see the face behind the gift. But this isn’t the case in Michigan State University’s Broad College of Business, which hosted its annual scholarship luncheon on September 27 at the Wharton Center.
Approximately 450 Broad graduate and undergraduate students receive Broad College scholarships each year. The luncheon connects these donors and scholarship recipients, providing opportunities to network and experience firsthand the impact of a Broad education on students and alumni alike. More than 80 attended this year’s event, which featured an awards presentation to the college’s outstanding young alumni award recipients.
John Maguire (MBA Finance ’96) and Dave Dutch (MBA Finance ’97) presented the keynote remarks. Each of them has several generations of Spartan lineage; yet when Dutch left the U.S. Navy and began looking for an institution at which to pursue a master of business administration degree, he initially didn’t consider MSU. It was only after Maguire’s persistent encouragement that he applied.
Looking back, Dutch reflected that “I’ve lived all over the world … but when I came back here, it tied it all together.”
Maguire agreed on the unifying value of his MBA education. “Between the curriculum, the opportunity to have an internship, to network with other students, to do research on industries and careers, I left here very well prepared,” he said.
Once Dutch realized the significance of what he had access to at the Broad College, he made it his mission to encourage other veterans to come to MSU. Together, Dutch and Maguire funded the Broad College Endowed Scholarship for U.S. Armed Forces in 2011, one of the 75 college-specific scholarship funds for Broad College undergraduate and graduate students. They encouraged the students and alumni in attendance to find ways to give back.
As the Broad College Young Alumni Awards were presented, the sibling connection from 2012 was continued. In 2012, the awards were presented to a pair of brothers. One of the 2013 winners, Tania Chopra (BA Supply Chain Management ’03), is sister to 2007 winner Navneet Narula (BA Marketing ’00).
Chopra is currently vice president of the Efficiency Management Group at Credit Suisse Securities in New York and has a number of other awards to her credit, including Atlanta Woman Magazine’s “Top 20 WOW Woman,” the Apex Society’s “Power 30 Under 30,” and Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “40 Under 40 Up and Comers Award.”
Ryan Sullivan (BA Finance ’06), director of business development at Rock Ventures, was the other 2013 Broad College Young Alumni Award recipient. He spent four years in securities and private equity in New York before achieving his goal of returning to Detroit to make a difference there and inspire others to do likewise. He has been a leader in the Opportunity Detroit branding campaign and the creation of D:Hive, a welcome center for young people interested in relocating to Detroit. He was recently recognized as one of Crain’s Detroit’s “Twenty in Their 20s.”
Both Chopra and Sullivan encouraged current students to make the most of their time at MSU.
“We are surrounded by opportunities,” Chopra said, “but sometimes we don’t recognize them because they look like hard work. They’re not lost; they’re just taken by others.”
Sullivan agreed, encouraging students to pursue their curiosity and share it with others.
“Don’t forget to have fun,” he added.