Three senior management majors at the Frank G. Zarb School of Business have won prestigious $20,000 scholarships from the Harold S. Geneen Charitable Trust.
Now in its second year, the Harold S. Geneen Scholarship for Outstanding Achievement in Management is awarded based on academic excellence, financial need and student essays on the importance of responsible corporate management.
“The continued generosity of the Geneen Charitable Trust not only helps support our students as they pursue their education, it sends a powerful message that training ethical, responsible corporate leaders is a core part of the Zarb School’s mission,” said Herman Berliner, dean of the Frank G. Zarb School of Business.
The scholarship recipients are Brendan Rorke, who has minors in marketing and music, Nitigna Bhatt, a double major in management and marketing, and Joseph Corbisiero, a double major in management and legal studies in business.
All three wrote essays about the importance of integrity in corporate management, and how they’ve practiced ethical management practices during internships, as well as in various student leadership roles.
“Holding a leadership role and being able to guide a business is rewarding in itself, but getting the chance to showcase corporate social responsibility is even more rewarding,” said Bhatt, who is from New Jersey and wrote about her experiences on the executive board of three student clubs, Hofstra University Start-Ups, Hofstra Entertainment Unlimited, and the Advertising Club. She also reflected on her time interning for Tiffany & Co., and her volunteer work with the American Red Cross.
Rorke, who is from Huntington, N.Y., founded a student consulting group, 180 Degrees Consulting, and serves as music director of the Hofbeats, one of the University’s a’cappella singing groups. After an internship at GEICO, Rorke has been offered a full-time job in the company’s prestigious Emerging Leaders Program after he graduates.
“A manager who is both patient and approachable will see more people coming to them and wanting to work for them which, in the long run, leads to more results and better performances,” Rorke wrote.
“I am so humbled and honored to have received this award,” he said. “It means so much to me to be recognized for my accomplishments.”
Corbisiero focused on his experience as a resident assistant, and as news director at WRHU-88.7 FM, the student-run radio station, highlighting the need to build strong relationships.
“My experiences as an RA have taught me the importance of successfully navigating human relationships, and the impact organizational policies has on them,” he wrote, adding that as news director at the radio station, he came to understand “the importance of nurturing talent in order to strengthen the station’s future.”
The Harold S. Geneen Charitable Trust was formed with funds provided by Harold S. Geneen, CEO of ITT, one of the first international conglomerates. The principal mission of the trust is fostering the education of young people and promoting responsible corporate management. The emphasis is on educational programs directed toward the encouragement of individual initiative and development of managerial skills and techniques, and those that benefit outstanding individuals whose financial resources are limited and augmented by their own efforts.