Adriana Pasquini, a senior in the Entrepreneurial Studies Program (ESP) at Duquesne University, is the winner of the 2010-11 Martha and Seaborn Jacobs Endowed Scholarship. The $6,600 scholarship award was announced by their son, Terrence S. Jacobs, Duquesne University alumnus and president and CEO of Penneco Oil Co., Delmont, and Ronald R. Morris, director of the ESP at Duquesne.
Pasquini, a daughter of Mauro and Angela Pasquini of Eighty-Four, PA, has a double major in entrepreneurial studies and information systems management.
“I am deeply honored to have received the Martha and Seaborn Jacobs Endowed Scholarship,” Pasquini said. “This generous contribution by Mr. Jacobs has not only helped me financially, but it has also emphasized my hard work and dedication.”
The scholarship is part of the Martha and Seaborn Jacobs Endowed Scholarship Fund created in 2008. “Terry Jacobs serves on our ESP Advisory Board and continues to be a superb example of the entrepreneurial spirit that makes our country thrive,” Morris said, “and we are honored to have his counsel, advice and generous academic support through this scholarship.”
Income from the endowed fund is used to provide scholarship support each academic year to a student who has demonstrated financial need, academic merit and is enrolled in the A. J. Palumbo School of Business Administration Entrepreneurial Studies Program. Further consideration is given to classroom performance, ongoing and significant involvement in entrepreneurial ventures beyond the classroom and the student’s written qualifications relating to his or her desire for an entrepreneurial career.
“Selecting a student for this award is always challenging because there are so many outstanding entrepreneurial students in the ESP program,” Morris said. “I particularly enjoy reading the submissions from the students; they give us great insight into the background and personality of each applicant. Their responses remind me of something we teach in the classroom every day: that so much of entrepreneurial success is related to attitude and desire.”