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2019 Economics and Business Administration Awards Presented

Monday, May 06, 2019

Graphic of college seal with the words Student Awards for Excellence

The George S. Aldhizer II Department of Economics and Business at Bridgewater College recognized students for excellence during the annual college awards ceremony.

Business administration major Tyler Olsen, a senior from Shenandoah, Va received the Robert L. Hueston Endowed Scholarship. The award honors the contributions Robert L. Hueston made to the study of accounting at Bridgewater College while a member of the faculty from 1953-’86. Olsen received a $10,720 scholarship for the 2019-’20 academic year.

Junior business administration majors Dylan T. Chapin from Chesapeake, Va., and Emily G. Ruddle,from Brandywine, W.Va., each received a $2,790 scholarship from the David E. Will Endowed Scholarship Fund for the Support of Public Accounting for the 2019-’20 academic year. Will, a 1983 graduate, was a partner and certified public accountant with the accounting firm of Mitchell Wiggins and Company LLP in Richmond, Va, before his death in September 2018. The award goes to students with a concentration in accounting who intend to pursue a career as a certified public accountant with a public accounting firm.

The David G. and Margie Messick Smith Endowed Scholarship was presented to Sarah C. Riley, a junior business administration major with a minor in communication studies, from Sykesville, Md. The scholarship, which is awarded to a rising senior who has demonstrated exceptional promise in the field of management, was established by two Bridgewater graduates in memory of their grandparents, David G. and Margie Messick Smith. The award carries a $1,380 scholarship for the 2019-20’ academic year.

Bailey E. Kratz, a senior business administration major with a minor in economics, from Telford, Pa, received the Outstanding Senior Award for scholarly achievement and leadership in business administration economics.

Kratz is the daughter of Rodney and Carissa Kratz of Telford. Kratz is a member of the Philomathes Society, Bridgewater’s scholastic honor society; Alpha Chi, a national scholastic honor society; and Omicron Delta Kappa, a national leadership honor society.

She is president of the campus chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), and she serves on Bridgewater’s Honor Council.

Olsen, Kratz and Riley are members of Sigma Beta Delta, an international business, management and administration honor society.

Kratz graduated on May 4 and will be working in the Emerging Leaders Program at GEICO.

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