Six high school students will receive awards at May 11 event

May 08, 2017

The Denver/Boulder Better Business Bureau (BBB) and Regis University will award $34,000 in scholarship funds to six Colorado High School students on May 11.

In addition to recognizing these young scholars, the BBB and Regis’ WELL Center in the College of Business and Economics will host a panel of Colorado business leaders discussing workplace ethics at its inaugural Elevating Ethics Scholarship Award Ceremony and Panel at 5–7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 11, in the St. Peter Claver, S.J., Recital Hall on Regis University’s Northwest Denver Campus, 3333 Regis Blvd.

It’s important for business leaders to continue talking about workplace ethics, says Eugene Wilkerson, an associate professor in Regis’ College of Business and Economics and director of the Center for Workforce Employment & Lifelong Learning (WELL).

“With all the issues that impact today’s businesses, one of the most pressing is ethical behavior,” Wilkerson said. “Unethical behavior is an attack on our culture and our values. It results in financial bailouts, increased taxes, a loss of productivity in organizations, and increased costs to consumers. We should not normalize this behavior or condone it with our silence.” 

Panelists include:

  • Chris Myklebust, banking commissioner, State of Colorado
  • David Bauman, Ph.D., assistant professor of business ethics and chair, Management and Leadership Department, Regis University College of Business and Economics
  • Scott Kaplan, co-founder, Ratio Beerworks
  • Maria Quijada, Ph.D., assistant professor, organizational leadership, Regis University College of Business and Economics
  • Ryan Siurek, chief accounting officer, Vail Resorts

 “The mission of the College of Business and Economics is to help businesses become stewards of society to improve the quality of life on Earth,” Wilkerson said. “To do this, the WELL Center is supporting the Denver/Boulder Better Business Bureau to help teach business ethics to students. We want to help empower our young people to become stewards of society.”                                             

The following BBB Student of Integrity scholars will be recognized:

  • Daniala Mohammadi - $10,000 Student of Integrity Winner - Daniala Mohammadi, who will graduate from South High School in June, grew up in Afghanistan, Turkey and Iran, and moved to Denver in 2013. She is passionate about helping others. Daniala plans to attend the University of Colorado Denver to study medical engineering. She hopes to develop prosthetic solutions and other medical inventions to help children worldwide.
  • Marco Ramos - $10,000 Tech Scholarship Winner - Marco Antonio Ramos attends Arickaree High School at Anton, Colorado. He is the eldest of five and plans to attend the University of Colorado Boulder in the fall to study engineering
  • Norberto Morales - $5,000 HVAC* Scholarship Winner - Norberto Morales, who attends Abraham Lincoln High School in Denver and will attend the University of Colorado Boulder in the fall, believes it’s not what you do in public that defines you, but what you do and who you are behind closed doors. *heating, ventilation and air conditioning
  • Madison Younker - $5,000 Tech Scholarship Winner - Madison Younker attends Grand Junction High School and plans to study engineering at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. She loves mathematics and hopes to have an impact on future technology.
  • Moriah Weir - $2,000 Health Scholarship Winner - Moriah Weir, a senior at Jefferson Academy in Broomfield, is looking forward to studying biology at Regis University in the fall. In her free time, she loves photography, hiking, reading and exploring the city with her friends and family.
  • Kaitlyn Rodriguez - $2,000 Women in Tech Scholarship Winner – Kaitlyn Rodriguez, who attends Abraham Lincoln High School in Denver, plans to pursue an aerospace engineering major in college then join the U.S. Marine Corps and become a pilot.

The WELL Center’s vision is to promote the development of a workforce that honors the human dignity of all individuals.

Regis University is a premier, globally engaged institution of higher learning in the Jesuit tradition that prepares leaders to live productive lives of faith, meaning and service. Regis University has four campus locations in the Denver metro area and Colorado Springs. For more information, visit www.regis.edu.

About the BBB Foundation: The Denver/Boulder BBB Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to supporting tomorrow’s marketplace and the future of the Denver/Boulder business community by providing ethics education and opportunities for students and youth. It is the philanthropic arm of the Better Business Bureau Serving Denver/Boulder. For more information or to get involved visit www.tomorrowsmarketplace.org.