2016 Valuing Diversity Scholarship Winners and New Faculty Research Grant Recipients

Julie Schnidman
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​The American Marketing Association and the American Marketing Association Foundation (AMAF), announced the six recipients of its annual Valuing Diversity PhD Scholarships and named three winners of the Valuing Diversity New Faculty Research Grant.

The American Marketing Association and the American Marketing Association Foundation (AMAF), announced the six recipients of its annual Valuing Diversity PhD Scholarships and named three winners of the Valuing Diversity New Faculty Research Grant.

Since the program’s inception in 2003, the Valuing Diversity PhD Scholarship Program, in collaboration with the AMA Academic Council, has awarded thousands of dollars to African American, Hispanic and Native American students pursuing doctoral degrees in marketing. The six 2016 scholarship recipients are: 

  1. Aaron Barnes, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (2nd year doctoral student) 

  2. Dominque Braxton, University of California, Irvine (2nd year doctoral student) 

  3. Dionne Nickerson, Georgia Institute of Technology (2nd year doctoral student) 

  4. Ilana Shanks, Florida State University (1st year doctoral student) 

  5. Lez Tr​​​ujillo Tores, University of Illinois at Chicago (2nd year doctoral student) 

  6. Maria Rodas, University of Minnesota, (3rd year doctoral student

To support the expansion and enhancement of the Valuing Diversity Fund, the AMAF, in partnership with the PhD Project, and the Sheth Foundation, established the first Valuing Diversity New Faculty Research Grant in 2015 to assist newly minted PhD Project alumni faculty just starting out in their academic career. This year, the three recipients whi were selected receive more than $3,000 each to support their research programs. The 2016 winners include: 

  1. Rebeca Perren, Assistant Professor of Marketing, California State University

  2. Sidney Anderson, Assistant Professor of Marketing, Texas State University

  3. Jennifer Zarzosa, Assistant Professor of Marketing, Henderson State University

“The Valuing Diversity PhD Scholarship Program and New Faculty Research Fund are important platforms for widening the opportunities for underrepresented populations in the marketing professions,” said Russ Klein, CEO of the American Marketing Association. “We believe these inspiring scholars and faculty represent the future of marketing. Our scholarship and grant program celebrates diversity and creates a more culturally relevant generation of marketers.” 

Through a competitive process, a prestigious committee of five jurors selected this year’s scholars and a separate group of five jurors selected the grant recipients based on their commitment to marketing. 

Beginning in February 2017, the American Marketing Association Foundation will begin accepting applications for the Valuing Diversity PhD Scholarships and Valuing Diversity New Faculty Research Grant as part of its 2017 competition.  

About American Marketing Association (AMA)

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