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Spartanburg, S.C. – Chelsea A. Harrison, a rising senior in the George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics at the University of South Carolina Upstate, has been awarded a $1,000 Beta Gamma Sigma Scholarship towards her education for the 2010-2011 academic year. Harrison, from Cowpens, was chosen by the elite honor society for her superior performance in the study of business.

“Ms. Harrison is a very serious student. She demonstrates this by her classroom performance and by her willingness to participate in activities outside the class that help her classroom performance,” says Eric Jolly, professor of macroeconomics at the Johnson College.

Students who earn Beta Gamma Sigma international honor society membership are considered the very best among their peers. To receive a Beta Gamma Sigma scholarship, however, a student has earned the right to be considered the absolute best at one of the world’s finest business schools. The scholarship is funded in part nationally by Beta Gamma Sigma, with matching funds provided locally by USC Upstate business school alum, Steve Harvey (1980).

Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest recognition a business student anywhere in the world can receive in a baccalaureate (undergraduate) or post-baccalaureate (master’s) program at a school accredited by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The Johnson College is one of 47 undergraduate institutions to have achieved this distinction.

Since 1988, the society and its member deans have awarded more than $1.4 million in scholarships to outstanding student members from around the world. To be eligible for membership, students’ academic rankings must be in the upper 10 percent of their junior or senior class, or upper 20 percent of the graduating master’s class. Members inducted each year join an expanding worldwide network of more than 625,000 business professionals.

            For further information, contact Amy Henderson, assistant to the dean of the George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics, at (864) 503-5312 or amyhenderson@uscupstate.edu.

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