University of South Carolina

Wachovia Business Camp attracts top minority students

Thirty of the most accomplished high-school students from minority populations in the Carolinas will attend the Business at Moore Summer Camp June 20-26 at the University of South Carolina as part of a scholars program funded by Wachovia Foundation.

The Moore School of Business program, now in its third year, teaches rising high-school seniors about business development and how to create a business plan for a new start-up enterprise. The students live on the university’s campus and attend classes – taught by Moore School faculty – in accounting, management, finance, marketing and computer-information systems, as well as presentation, business research and teamwork skills.

Working in five-member teams, the students will present their business plans to faculty, peers and Wachovia business executives on the final day of camp. A group of judges will determine the top three plans, and the teams presenting those plans will receive cash prizes.

The camp will begin with a banquet Saturday night (June 20) for the students and their families.

The 30 rising seniors, including a set of twins from Lower Richland High School, were chosen from a pool of 170 applicants. The twins, Michael Brown and Matthew Brown, are currently ranked first and second respectively, of their 2010 class.

As a group, the 30 scholars are among the top students in their classes, with an average GPA of 4.6 and SAT score of 1220. Upon completion of the camp, the students will be eligible to compete for full Wachovia scholarships to study business at the University of South Carolina.

Last fall, 15 students who attended the first camp, held in 2007, entered the university; 10 were business majors. This fall, 12 students who attended the 2008 camp are expected to enroll; 11 will be business majors. Highly sought after by many colleges, the students turned down offers from other top universities to attend the Moore School.

“We are very pleased with the success of the program,” said Dr. Tom Lopez, associate professor of accounting and coordinator of the Wachovia program. “We are attracting the most academically talented minority students to the camp and, ultimately, to the University of South Carolina, where they can pursue a top-notch business education in the Moore School.”

The Wachovia Foundation gave $1 million to the Moore School of Business in 2006 to create the Wachovia Undergraduate Scholars Program, which funds the residential summer camp and scholarships to attend the Moore School of Business.

The 2009 Wachovia Business at Moore Summer Camp scholars:

  • Adrienne Anderson, Wade Hampton H.S., Greenville
  • Tori Bobo, Greenville Technical Charter H.S., Greenville
  • Stephen Bradley, Bluffton H.S., Bluffton
  • Kourtney Bradshaw, Providence H.S., Charlotte, NC
  • Devin Broaden, North Augusta H.S., North Augusta
  • Renee Brooks, Colleton County H.S., Walterboro
  • Kamaal Brown, Goose Creek H.S., Goose Creek
  • Kristen Brown, Rock Hill H.S., Rock Hill
  • Matthew Brown, Lower Richland H.S., Columbia
  • Michael Brown, Lower Richland H.S., Columbia
  • Charles Craig, Rock Hill H.S., Rock Hill
  • Blake Crawley, Chapin H.S., Chapin
  • Branden Crouch, Southside H.S., Greenville
  • Christopher Davis, Ridge View H.S., Columbia
  • DeShara Gadson, Bluffton H.S., Bluffton
  • Tonique Garrett, Highland School of Technology, Gastonia, N.C.
  • Sheimaliz Glover, Ridge View H.S., Columbia
  • Allison Hill, Raleigh Charter H.S., Raleigh, N.C.
  • Destinee Johnson, Westside H.S., Anderson
  • Sophia Jones, Rock Hill H.S., Rock Hill
  • Epiphany Keels, Cardinal Newman H.S., Columbia
  • Jonathan Larry, North Augusta H.S., North Augusta
  • Pedro Lopez de Victoria, South Aiken H.S., Aiken
  • Elliott Lynch, Walter M. Williams H.S., Burlington, NC
  • William Nesmith, Sumter H.S., Sumter
  • Ashley Sabripour, Southside High School, Greenville
  • Patrick Sutton, Bishop England Catholic H.S., Charleston
  • Cheyenne Turner, Pinewood Preparatory School, Summerville
  • Quentin Williams, Mauldin H.S., Mauldin
  • Shanice Willingham, Barnwell H.S., Barnwell

By Office of Media Relations

Posted: 06/24/09 @ 12:00 AM | Updated: 07/01/09 @ 11:42 AM | Permalink