Students Receive Bloomberg Businessweek Scholarships

Business Students

Photo: Margaret McKinney/Highlands University
Business students Sam Roybal, left, and Gregory Siqueiros and Joseph Mascarena were awardedBloomberg Businessweek Scholarships Dec. 5 for writing outstanding business case studies. Roybal was tapped for the first-place gold scholarship.  

Las Vegas, N.M. — Three New Mexico Highlands University business students received scholarships from Bloomberg Businessweek for writing outstanding business case studies.

The scholarships were funded through Bloomberg Businessweek’s B-School Connection Program, with a match this fall semester from the Highlands University Foundation.  

Sam Roybal, a sophomore general business major from Pojoaque, N.M., won the $600 gold scholarship.

Gregory Siqueiros, a senior accounting major from Los Angeles, won the $300 silver scholarship.

Joseph Mascarena, a junior management major from Belen, N.M., won the $200 bronze scholarship.

“These students demonstrated outstanding writing and analytical skills to complete their case studies,” said Margaret Young, dean of the School of Business, Media and Technology. “Good writers are able to express complex ideas and make strong arguments, helping them succeed in the business world.”

Young worked with Bloomberg Businessweek to establish the scholarship at Highlands, now in its third year. The students researched and referenced Bloomberg Businessweek articles to write their case studies. 

All three winners were in business faculty member Melanie Zollner’s principles of management course this fall.

“I’m very proud of these three students,” Zollner said. “They did a great job participating in class and wrote excellent papers.”

Roybal, who is also a member of the Highlands men’s cross-country team that competed in the NCCA Division II Cross Country National Championship meet in November, said the small college atmosphere at Highlands has benefited his education.

“Professors at Highlands have a lot more time to interact with their students and have an open-door policy,” Roybal said. “This helps you learn the concepts and principles. This management course with professor Zollner definitely taught me to be a stronger writer.”

Young said Zollner has accepted the challenge of incorporating more business writing into her courses.

“Professor Zollner works tirelessly critiquing the students draft case studies. She does an excellent job helping her students build their writing ability,” Young said.