Peirce College Announces Business Administration Scholarship Recipients

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Peirce College Announces Business Administration Scholarship Recipients

Peirce Students Eye Successful Future Businesses

For Immediate Release

PHILADELPHIA - February 13, 2007: Peirce College, a private, four-year, non-profit institution providing practical, leading-edge curricula primarily to working adult learners seeking college degrees, today announced that Umid Ahmedov, Bukhara, Uzbekistan; Samantha Fitzhugh, Philadelphia, PA; and Teresa Gilbert, Weeki Wachee, FL, were honored with 2007 Business Administration Program Scholarships.

The scholarship program enables Peirce's business administration students to pursue bachelor's degrees in one of several concentrations including accounting, business law, entrepreneurship/small business management, human resource management, management, marketing or real estate management.

"Our scholarship winners this year were very articulate and well prepared for careers in business," said Marie Gould, Associate Professor and Program Manager, Business Administration, Peirce College. "Umid, Samantha and Teresa are excellent students and will make tremendous contributions to the business world."

Umid Ahmedov has traveled far, both culturally and geographically, on his journey to Peirce College. Growing up in Uzbekistan, he dreamed of a life outside his former Soviet nation, but he knew that to find a better future, he would have to excel at business.

While earning a degree in international law, Ahmedov worked in his country's oil fields as an office manager for an Indonesian engineering and construction company, at the same time honing his English skills by translating documents from Russian to English and interpreting for colleagues.

Ahmedov looked for opportunities to expand his business savvy, especially in management and marketing, with the eventual goal of starting his own company. "My studies in international trade and economic regulations and my work experience have opened up a range of possibilities for starting my own company," he elaborated. "I chose Peirce for its convenient Internet courses, the accelerated BA program and the facilities, designed to serve not only American students but international students like me."

But Ahmedov still might have fallen short of his aspirations if it were not for the business administration scholarship. "This financial support has been essential," said Ahmedov.

Additional Scholarship Recipients

Samantha Fitzhugh is on a mission, to help others achieve their personal and career goals. Her idea is to start a single, umbrella agency that provides a range of services, from drug rehabilitation to job training, to those in her community.

"I want to make a difference in the lives of others," said Fitzhugh. "And Peirce College's business program is giving me the skills I need to realize my vision."

Teresa Gilbert, a successful realtor on Florida's Gulf Coast is pursuing her bachelor's degree in anticipation of a future career in hotel convention management.

"Peirce's scholarship helps me monetarily and facilitates my pursuit of requirements before entering this field," said Gilbert.

About Peirce College

Peirce College offers bachelor's and associate degree programs in Business, Healthcare, Information Technology and Paralegal Studies. Peirce College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19104 (phone: 267-284-5000). For more information about Peirce College, call 1.888.467.3472 or visit

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