Morehouse Graduate Awarded Blanchard Scholarship

Morehouse Graduate Awarded Blanchard Scholarship

M. Chieoke Moore, a graduate of Morehouse College and a candidate for a Masters of Business Administration at Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson School of Business, has been named the recipient of a $25,000 scholarship from the Blanchard Award for Outstanding Stewardship and Business Ethics.

The Blanchard Award is given annually to a Georgia businessman or woman who 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.

The winner of the 2010-2011 Blanchard Award is former BellSouth CEO and Chairman Frank Skinner of Atlanta. As the recipient of the award, Skinner is allowed to choose the college or university from which the scholarship recipient will be chosen. Skinner chose his alma mater, Morehouse College.

“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 graduated from Morehouse 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 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’s Ratings, Lehman Brothers and PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP.

“This award demonstrates Georgia’s high regard for the link between ethics, scholarship and business leadership,” said Margaret DeFrancisco, president of the Georgia Lottery Corporation, which is a sponsor of the Blanchard Award.

In addition to the Georgia Lottery Corporation, 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 James Blanchard.

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, live in Atlanta.

M. Chieoke Moore, his wife, and their daughter receiving this year’s scholarship check from Margaret DeFrancisco, President/CEO of the Georgia Lottery Corporation, and the 2011 Blanchard Award winner, B. Franklin Skinner.
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