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Business Administration and Biochemistry Students Awarded 2022 Dell Scholarships for Character and Excellence
Stevenson University is pleased to announce the 2022 Dell Scholarship recipients, juniors Johana Arjona ’23 and Sarah Padilla ’23. The scholarships were presented at the annual Dell Lecture on March 23, 2022 by Samuel M. Dell III, Stevenson Trustee and sponsor of the Geraldine and Sam Dell Endowed Scholarships, joined by Meredith C. Durmowicz, Ph.D., Dean of the Fine School of the Sciences, and Sharon Buchbinder, RN, Ph.D., Interim Dean of the Brown School of Business and Leadership.
The Geraldine and Sam Dell Scholarships for Character and Excellence in Business and for Character and Excellence in the Sciences were established by Sam Dell and his late wife Geraldine to recognize Stevenson students with a strong ethical grounding and a work ethic resulting in academic and personal success. In recognition of Stevenson’s commitment to preparing the next generation of leaders in business and the sciences, the Dells chose to endow a scholarship to recognize students of high achievement in both the Brown School of Business and Leadership and the Fine School of the Sciences.
Johana Arjona, the 2022 recipient of the Geraldine and Sam Dell Scholarship for Character and Excellence in Business, is a Business Administration major with a Legal Studies Minor. As a Stevenson Leadership Scholar, she has participated in a conservation project and has had a leadership role in the Organization of Latin American Students (OLAS), including stewardship of the organization’s funds as the treasurer. A mentor, Johana works with Best Buddies and serves as a Peer Tutor in the Academic Link. As she assists other students with Financial and Managerial Accounting, Johana demonstrates and imparts ethical behavior for and to other students. A Dean’s List student, Johana participates in the Financial Management Association and its Student Investment Fund where she applies classroom theory to real world issues. She is planning on a Finance Internship and plans to ultimately work in corporate law.
Sarah Padilla, the 2022 recipient of the Geraldine and Sam Dell Scholarship for Character and Excellence in the Sciences, is a Biochemistry major who is pursuing a combined Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Master of Forensic Science with the professional goal of working as a forensic scientist with the FBI. Sarah’s academic accolades are numerous, including selection to the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society, the National Society of Leadership and Success, and as a recipient of Stevenson’s Founders Scholarship. She is also a highly engaged member of the university, involved in multiple student clubs, and participates as a varsity athlete on the acrobatics and tumbling team. In addition, Sarah has dedicated significant time to serving the broader community as a volunteer with the Refugee Youth Project.
The Dell family holds a strong conviction that the future success of American enterprise in the global marketplace depends on uncompromising integrity, teamwork, sound understanding of and disciplined execution of effective business practices, and a strong work ethic. Through their sponsorship of the annual Dell Lecture and the Dell Scholarships, they hope to inspire students
to develop the personal qualities and skills that will enable them to contribute to and be competitive in the global workforce. It is their intention that the awarding of these scholarships will enhance the credibility and competitiveness of the awardees as they seek their first job on their career path following graduation.
2022 Dell Scholarship awardees Sarah Padilla (left) and Johana Arjona (right) with Stevenson Trustee Samuel M. Dell III, who established the scholarships with his late wife Geraldine to recognize Stevenson students demonstrating strong character and excellence in the study of business and the sciences.