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Fox School student receives scholarship for academic excellence, military service

December 4, 2015 //
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Shawn Soto

Shawn Soto, a student from Temple University’s Fox School of Business, is the recipient of a national scholarship awarded to U.S. military veterans.

A senior, Soto was one of 30 students nationwide to earn the Harold & Muriel Berkman Charitable Foundation Award

The foundation issued $1,000 scholarships to U.S. military veterans who either hold a combat infantry badge, sustained a serious injury in combat, or served in combat for branches other than the United States Army. Students who demonstrate an enthusiasm for advancing the discipline of marketing through the pursuit of a degree in marketing or business, with an emphasis on marketing-related pursuits, are also eligible.

“It’s truly an honor to be recognized by the foundation for all of my hard work and prior military service,” said Soto, a security manager and intelligence analyst for the U.S. Army from 2009 to 2014, who served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. “This award will serve to provide further motivation for success in my studies and to continue being an active member of the veteran community.”

Soto, a Management Information Systems major, is slated to graduate in May 2016. He is a member of Temple’s chapter of the Association for Information Systems (AIS) and the Temple Veterans Association, and has made the Dean’s List at the Fox School on multiple occasions.

More than 200 students from AACSB-accredited business schools applied for the Harold & Muriel Berkman Charitable Foundation Award. The foundation, founded by Dr. Harold W. and Muriel Berkman, pursues the couple’s longstanding dedication and commitment to higher education in the United States in preparing future business leaders and promoting the growth of knowledge into effective business and administration.

Dr. Berkman served as Vice Dean and Professor of Management and Marketing at the University of Miami prior to his retirement. He also is a World War II veteran who earned his Combat Infantryman Badge in his service to the U.S. Army.

“This great country has given so much to my and Muriel’s parents who came here with nothing and built a better life for our families, and this is our way of giving back,” Dr. Berkman said in a statement.