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Winter 2019

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School News Entrepreneurship Programs Place in Nation's Top Ten In its 2019 entrepreneurship studies rankings, the Princeton Review has recognized BYU Marriott as a top twenty-five school for both undergraduate and graduate entrepreneurship programs. The undergraduate program was ranked No. 4, while the graduate program was ranked No. 10, making this the ninth straight year that BYU Marriott has placed in the top ten for both programs. It is also the fifth consecutive year that the undergraduate program has been ranked No. 5 or higher. "We are honored to be recognized as a top school for entrepreneurship," says Jeff Brown, associate director of opera- tions for the Rollins Center for Entre- preneurship and Technology. "These rankings are a testament to all of the efforts BYU Marriott faculty and staff are making to help our students achieve unparalleled success. From world-class curriculum and a robust mentoring pro- gram to outstanding events, competitions, and networking activities, there is no better place to launch a business." BYU Marriott currently offers forty- nine entrepreneurship-related courses for undergraduate students and thirty-one courses for graduate students. Of the roughly 33,000 students at BYU in 2018, nearly 6,500 were enrolled in entrepre- neurial courses. Students were supported by 140 donors and 182 mentors and were awarded nearly $630,000 to work on, validate, and launch business ideas. In the last five years, undergraduate and graduate students from BYU Marriott have created 612 new startups and collec- tively raised $950 million in funding. The BYU Marriott entrepreneurial manage- ment program and the Rollins Center have played a central role in helping students reach these numbers. mba Program Among the Best With its Bloomberg Business- week No. 5 ranking in learning, the BYU Marriott MBA pro- gram continues its tradition of creating an environment that provides one of the best learning and collaborat- ing opportunities for MBA candidates. It is also the third straight year that the BYU Marriott MBA program has been ranked in the top twenty-five among all business schools nationwide, coming in this year at No. 25. "I'm always pleased when the high quality of our MBA students and program is recognized by publications such as Bloomberg Businessweek," says Grant McQueen, MBA director. "In addition to the bright students, generous alumni, and loyal recruiters, this year's ranking high- lights the excellence of our faculty. Being ranked No. 5 in the learning category speaks not only to our faculty's academic Sixteen undergraduates received the Paul Morris Marriott Business Management Scholarship, given to undergraduates who demonstrate a strong work ethic and a dedication to service. e scholarship was founded by Rebecca Marriott Champion in 2010 to honor her father, Paul Morris Marriott, who was a vice president at Hot Shoppes Inc. (which became Marriott International) and who helped grow the In-Flite catering division of the company. Recipients include (left to right) McKayla Jackson, Tarryn Aubuchon, Jake Bishop, Joshua Hill, and Karen Clark. Recipients not pictured in the photo are Leah Benson, Anna Caldwell, Brandon Christensen, Rebekah Jacot, Chris Olsen, Spencer Reynolds, Kathryn Robbins, Adam Sierra, Skyler Smith, Colton Spilsbury, and Sara Willis. Undergraduates Receive Paul Morris Marriott Scholarship # 4 # 5 22 MARRIOTT

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