Morehouse Graduate Receives $25,000 As Blanchard Scholar For Study at Georgia State

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    M._Chieoke_Moore.jpgMorehouse Graduate Receives $25,000
    As Blanchard Scholar
    For Study at Georgia State
    Special to the Daily World
    M. Chieoke Moore, a graduate of Morehouse College and a candidate for

    the degree of Master of Business Administration at Georgia State University, has

    been honored with a $25,000 scholarship from the Blanchard Award for Outstanding

    Stewardship and Business Ethics.

    Moore was awarded the scholarship at the Monday, Feb. 28 meeting of the Atlanta

    Rotary Club.

    About 75 students from public and private schools throughout metro Atlanta attended the

    scholarship presentation, along with 250 Atlanta area business leaders in Rotary.

    Assisting Georgia Lottery chief executive Margaret DeFrancisco in making the award

    was B. Franklin Skinner, former head of BellSouth Telecommunications and the winner

    of this year’s Blanchard Award.

    As the recipient of the award, Skinner was allowed to choose the college or university

    from which the scholarship recipient would be drawn. He chose Morehouse College, on

    whose board he serves, and the college nominated Mr. Moore.

    The Blanchard Award is given annually to a Georgia business leader whose lifelong

    career demonstrates sound business ethics. The award promotes business support of

    education throughout the state by offering a scholarship to a graduate business student

    who has demonstrated exceptionally high ethical standards.

    “I’m very excited to receive this scholarship,” said Moore. “But I am also honored to be

    associated with an award that is attached to some of the most influential business leaders

    in the state. I hope that I can live up to the standard they have set.”

    Moore, whose grandfather was a “Morehouse man” in the 1950s, graduated summa cum

    laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Morehouse in May 2010 with a degree in accounting.

    Outside of the classroom, Moore served as president of the Morehouse Business

    Association, the largest organization on campus.

    He was nominated by the faculty to represent Morehouse College on the Citi

    International Spring Tour, which introduced a select group of students to some of the

    leading corporations in Europe. His work experience includes internships with several of

    the world’s premier financial institutions, including Standard & Poor, Lehman Brothers and PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP.

    In addition to his studies at Georgia State, Moore is a teaching assistant for undergraduate

    accounting students. He, his wife, Dereka, and their daughter, Zayani Elise, live in


    “This award demonstrates Georgia’s high regard for the link between ethics, scholarship

    and business leadership,” said Ms. DeFrancisco.

    The Georgia Lottery Corporation is the lead sponsor of the Blanchard Award. Other

    award sponsors are the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and Georgia Trend magazine.

    The award is named after its first recipient, former Synovus CEO and Chairman Jimmy


    Nominations for the third annual 2011 Blanchard Award are now being accepted. The

    nomination form is available online at or can be obtained

    as a hard copy at The deadline to submit nominations is

    June 1, 2011.

    For more information about the Blanchard Award, contact The Ledlie Group:

    Matthew M. Ficken


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