UTPA graduate student receives Texas Business Hall of Fame scholarship
Posted: 06/09/2010
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Javeria Farooqi, an MBA graduate student at The University of Texas-Pan American, continues to be rewarded for her hard work.

Javeria Farooqi, an MBA student at The University of Texas-Pan American, is one of 19 students in the state to receive the 2010 Texas Business Hall of Fame Scholarship. The students receive $10,000 to pursue their education at any Texas college or university. Farooqi plans to pursue her Ph.D. in business administration at UTPA.

Farooqi is one of 19 students to whom the Texas Business Hall of Fame Foundation bestowed a $10,000 scholarship. Farooqi will receive the award during a luncheon ceremony Nov. 8 at the Grand Hyatt hotel in San Antonio.

Farooqi, who is the president of the University's MBA Association and a member of the Beta Gamma and Phi Beta Kappa honor societies, already received the International Women's Board Scholarship and the College of Business Administration's (COBA) VIP Star Award this year.

"I was doing what I love doing, and in the process, I was honored with such great awards. I believe when you sincerely love what you're doing it just comes naturally," she said in an interview with COBA earlier this month.

Farooqi said her goal is not to win awards, but to gain and share knowledge with others.

"If while doing that I win awards then that's just the cherry on top of it all," she said.

Despite receiving those accolades, Farooqi said she did not expect to receive the Hall of Fame scholarship.

Farooqi said she received an e-mail from the foundation May 11 informing her she received the award.

"I honestly was so surprised and caught off guard that I cried," she said.

The Texas Business Hall of Fame Foundation is a nonprofit organization of 70 directors who are business leaders from cities throughout the state. The foundation's mission is to recognize the accomplishments and contributions of Texas business leaders and to perpetuate and inspire the values of entrepreneurial spirit, integrity and community leadership in all generations of Texans.

To date, the foundation has awarded more than $3 million in scholarships to students pursuing an education in any major at Texas colleges and universities.

"These 2010 scholarship recipients represent the best of the young men and women of Texas. They have an entrepreneurial spirit, high integrity and a strong personal drive," Texas Business Hall of Fame Foundation Chairman Amy Chronis said. "We congratulate them on their success and expect them to compete, contribute and thrive in this highly connected world, making their communities better places to live."

Farooqi, who received her bachelor's degree in journalism/advertising from UTPA in 2007 and is expected to graduate with her master's in August, said she plans to continue her studies at the University.

She has been selected in the University's Ph.D. in business administration program. She plans to focus her studies on finance and complete a dissertation on Islamic finance.