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


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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