Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing and Gordon Brothers Group Announce Scholarship of Excellence Recipient

Press Release

TUCSON, AZ and BOSTON, MA – The University of Arizona’s Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing and Gordon Brothers Group, a global advisory, restructuring and investment firm specializing in the retail, consumer products, real estate and industrial sectors, announced that the 2011 recipient of the Gordon Brothers Group Scholarship of Excellence is University of Arizona Junior Carley J. Howell of Olympia, Washington. Ms. Howell is a Retailing and Consumer Sciences major in the John and Doris Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences. She is also a member of SIFE, Students in Free Enterprise.

“With so many qualified candidates applying this year, it was difficult for us to decide on just one talented student,” said Melinda Burke, Director at the Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing. “After much deliberation, we decided that Carley’s dedication to advancing her education and proven passion for retail, combined with her extraordinary leadership skills, sets her apart from the other candidates.” This is the fifth consecutive year that the Gordon Brothers Group Scholarship of Excellence has been awarded to an aspiring retail professional as a way to financially recognize an outstanding student based on merit and commitment to the field of retail.

“The goal of this scholarship is to acknowledge and support students with an enthusiasm for the retail industry and an understanding of the entire supply chain,” said Ann Merrill, Principal and Managing Director at Gordon Brothers Group and member of the Terry J. Lundgren Center’s Corporate Advisory Board. “The Terry J. Lundgren Center continues to be ‘the’ place for future retail leaders to thrive and once again we are honored to be a part of this effort.” The scholarship was presented to Ms. Howell at the 2011 Global Retailing Conference which was hosted by the University of Arizona on April 7th and 8th at the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson, Arizona. Click here to view a photo of Ann Merrill (l) presenting the award to Carley Howell (r).

Ms. Howell was selected from a pool of candidates based on the following criteria:

  • Acceptance in the highly competitive Retailing and Consumer Science (RCSC) Professional Program
  • A 3.5 or higher cumulative GPA
  • Demonstrated leadership through extracurricular activities
  • Passion for retailing as demonstrated through work experience
  • Junior or Senior standing in Fall of the coming school year

In addition to awarding the scholarship, Gordon Brothers Group, in partnership with the Terry J. Lundgren Center, offers summer internships to students and hopes to conduct on-campus seminars and guest teach in the classroom speaker series in the near future.

About Gordon Brothers Group
Founded in 1903, Gordon Brothers Group (www.gordonbrothers.com) is a global advisory, restructuring and investment firm specializing in the retail, consumer products, industrial, and real estate sectors. Gordon Brothers Group maximizes value for both healthy and distressed companies by purchasing or selling all categories of assets, appraising assets, providing debt financing, making private equity investments, and operating businesses for extended periods. Gordon Brothers Group conducts over $50 billion worth of transactions and appraisals annually.

About Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing
Since 1993, the Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing at The University of Arizona’s John and Doris Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences has brought together the resources and expertise of academia and the retail industry with a shared goal of developing strong future retail professionals. Supported by the Corporate Advisory Board partners and sponsors, the Center is able to offer the benefits of research and scholarship to industry and a perspective on the working world to Retailing and Consumer Sciences students. Through these business partnerships, the Center offers students unique opportunities for research, career exploration and development, internships, professional in-class speakers and industry tours. The Center provides funds to support graduate students and various research activities with our top-notch faculty, and as a result, continues to enhance its reputation at the local, state, national, and international levels as “The” place for retail studies and prospective retail leaders.

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