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Feb. 23 , 2005
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EMU business student receives Crain's Detroit Business scholarship

YPSILANTI - Sometimes it pays to answer a wrong number. At least it did for Eastern Michigan University business student Rogena Monday.

After an unknown telephone number popped up on her cell phone a couple of times, she decided to answer. The number belonged to Crain’s Detroit Business, a weekly business publication in Detroit.

 They wanted to inform Monday, a junior accounting major from Monroe, that she had been chosen as the recipient of their 2004 Newsmaker business scholarship.

“I thought it was telemarketing, so I didn’t answer,” said Monday. “Finally, I did (answer).  I was shocked to learn that I had won the award!”

            The $2,000 scholarship, presented at the annual Newsmaker of the Year Awards Feb. 16, is given to an outstanding business student with a high grade point average, an excellent work ethic and is involved on campus. Monday was selected from 25 applicants.

            “We couldn’t ask for a better representative,” said David Mielke, dean of EMU’s College of Business. “Rogena definitely meets the criteria. She has a perfect 4.0 GPA; is an officer of the accounting club; has volunteered for local food pantry programs; worked as an aide with challenged students and works part-time as an accounting assistant for a local restaurant.”

According to Mielke, the $2,000 award will be matched by car dealership Al Long Ford.

“The award and matching money will make a big difference for me.  I am enrolled in a joint undergraduate/masters  program in accounting and, as a result, will be at EMU for five years.  This award will make my dream possible,”  said Monday, who wants to pursue a career as a certified public accountant.

The scholarship award application process required submission of an essay, an extensive questionnaire, two letters of reference and a letter of reference from the dean’s office.

 “This is one of the most rewarding parts of the job,” Mielke said. “Seeing our students succeed and to make progress toward their goals is outstanding. It doesn’t get any better.”

Eastern Michigan University is a public comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their careers and lives, and to be better citizens.

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Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

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