By 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 Atlanta.
“This award demonstrates Georgia’s high regard for the link between ethics, scholarship and business leadership,” said 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 Blanchard.
Nominations for the third annual 2011 Blanchard Award are now being accepted. The nomination form is available online at http://www.theledliegroup.com or can be obtained as a hard copy at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline to submit nominations is June 1.