Surya Makkar, a rising junior in the Stillman School of Business, received a $2,500 scholarship from the New Jersey Society for Information Management (NJ SIM) Foundation.
"I was absolutely ecstatic to have the opportunity to represent Seton Hall and the Stillman School of Business on such a grand stage in the state of New Jersey," Makkar said. "I am extremely thankful for all of my professors who helped me achieve this recognition."
The New Jersey Chapter of the Society for Information Management is a professional association of executives, academics and consultants in the information management field. It is one of 30 chapters in the country "that plays a vital role in the success of SIM by extending its vision and mission into information technology (IT) communities across the United States," according to its website.
The New Jersey chapter's nonprofit organization, the NJ SIM Foundation, assists charities and individuals by "giving back to the IT profession and the community at large." The foundation awards an annual scholarship to IT management students who demonstrate both academic excellence and leadership in their schools' IT programs.
Makkar was nominated by David Rosenthal, associate professor and chair of the Department of Computing and Decision Sciences. Rosenthal taught Makkar in his Management Information Systems (BITM 2701) course during his freshman year and serves as his academic adviser.
"Surya is a very sharp student," Rosenthal said. "He absorbed so much more than what I taught in class and is very passionate about what he does. He has a sincere interest in the profession and is always eager to learn something new every day."
Makkar is also actively involved in the University community. He serves as the president of the South Asian Student Association, the vice president of the Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA) Stillman Business Club, a founding board member and director of external operations of the Seton Hall Consulting Group, an account manager in the Student Government Association Finance Committee, a founding board member of the Real Estate Club, a member of the Pep Band, a Blue Crew tour guide and a member of the Gerald P. Buccino '63 Center for Leadership Development.
Makkar said he credits the University for helping him pursue his dreams and carry out his passion for IT. "Seton Hall has absolutely changed my life," he said. "I would not be where I am in my professional development today without the education and people I have met here."
This summer, Makkar is interning with the Bank of America as a financial analyst. He said he plans on pursuing a career in investment banking, which combines his passion for finance with media and telecommunications.
Students who are interested in scholarship awards should visit the Office of Financial Aid.
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