AU senior student Katherine Hinkley, president of Anderson University SIFE, was recently awarded the Jules and Gwen Knapp Excellence in Free Enterprise Scholarship. Hinkley received the scholarship during the 2006 SIFE USA National Exposition in Kansas City, Mo. The scholarship is awarded each year to a SIFE Team member in his or her junior year of college who has made a significant difference in helping others succeed in the free enterprise system. The scholarship includes full tuition, room and board, fees and books for the entire senior year.
The Jules and Gwen Knapp Excellence in Free Enterprise Scholarship is designed to recognize the leadership, teamwork and communication skills developed in SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) students. Students from more than 900 institutions in the United States applied to receive the scholarship. Hinkley, a major in Management at Anderson University, was one of three finalists who interviewed to win the scholarship during the SIFE National Exposition. She is currently interning with Proctor & Gamble. After graduation Hinkley plans to earn a Master of Business Administration and pursue a job that focuses on international business.
“I felt honored to have been chosen as a finalist and that alone showed me that God is faithful in both the big things and the small,” said Hinkley, a native of Daytona Beach, Fla. “Also, I was excited about the opportunity to share my heart with those who would be interviewing me and enjoyed telling them about AU SIFE’s unique approach to making a real difference in our community.”
“It was quite a thrilling moment for all the SIFE team,” said Dr. Mark Motluck, assistant professor of Accounting and Business in the Falls School of Business. “I cannot imagine that there would be a more worthy recipient of the scholarship.”
“Ironically, the thing that touched me most about receiving the scholarship was my team’s reaction,” explained Hinkley. “They were extremely excited for me and even stood on their chairs when my name was announced. Some of them cried. That meant more to me than money ever could.”
“Katherine is well-prepared to embark on her career in the business world,” said Dr. Terry Truitt, dean of the Falls School of Business at Anderson University. “Her practical experience, her stalwart academic record, and her excellent communication skills are evident in the classroom and in her service to the greater Anderson community. We are pleased that SIFE has formally recognized what we have known all along, that Katherine is very special.”
Students in Free Enterprise is a non-profit organization that works in partnership with business and higher education to help students take what they’re learning in the classroom and apply it to real-life situations, and to use their knowledge to better their communities through educational outreach projects. The Anderson University SIFE Team competed in Kansas City against 160 other regional champion teams, presenting its program to national business leaders and entrepreneurs who served as judges. The Anderson University SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) team at the Falls School of Business placed in the top 60 in the country.
Anderson University is a private, four-year, Christian liberal arts institution of approximately 2,800 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, the university offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, nursing, music, education and theology. The Falls School of Business is one of Anderson University’s largest academic departments offering eight undergraduate majors as well as MBA and DBA programs. The school is accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) and is a member of the Christian Business Faculty Association (CBFA).