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Business Ethics Scholarship

While the ETHIE recognizes the ethical cultures of Rochester area businesses, RABEF also awards business ethics scholarships to local high school and college undergraduate students majoring in business.

RABEF scholarships recognize students who exhibit high ethical standards and promote the value of business ethics to a future generation of business leaders. Each December, RABEF participates in ROC the Day in support of the Scholarship Program. If you are considering a donation, business ethics scholarships are well deserved financial support for the future of ethical practices in the Rochester area and beyond.

We honor five students annually:

The Martin F. Palumbos Rochester Area Business Ethics Foundation Scholarship is given to a student chosen by St. John Fisher College.

The Rochester Area Business Ethics Foundation Scholarship is given to students chosen by the Saunders Business School at Rochester Institute of Technology, SUNY College at Brockport and Nazareth College.

The Junior Achievement Rochester Area Business Ethics Foundation Scholarship is given to a local high school student who has successfully completed the JA ethics course during the current academic year.

All eligible and interested students are nominated for the business ethics scholarships by our academic partners at RIT, St. John Fisher College, and Junior Achievement of Rochester. Each nominated student submits an essay on business ethics. Scholarship recipients are recognized at our Annual ETHIE Award Luncheon in September.

Since 2007, RABEF has honored students at these local colleges and high schools:

  • St. John Fisher College
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Pittsford Mendon High School
  • East High School (Rochester City School District)
  • The Aquinas Institute of Rochester
  • Brighton High School
  • The Edison School of Business (Rochester City School District)

“As we grow, it is the hope of Rochester Area Business Ethics Foundation to award a scholarship to students at all of the business schools in the Rochester area,” said RABEF president Alan Ziegler.

A partnership with Junior Achievement of Rochester makes business ethics scholarships for high school students possible. For more about JA of Rochester, please visit https://www.juniorachievement.org/web/ja-cuny/

2016 Scholarship Recipients

James Rustowicz

James Rustowicz is a 21 year old, senior St. John Fisher College, from Grand Island, New York. He is a School of Business student majoring in Marketing. He is actively engaged in extra-curricular activities on campus, where he is President of the Class of 2017, a member of the President Student Advisory Board, and a Co-Captain of the Events & Collaborations committee for the Teddi Dance for Love. James has been on the Orientation team and has participated Great Beginnings since his sophomore year, also helping to co-teach a first year class as a Peer Mentor, sharing his love and passion for St. John Fisher College with the incoming freshmen classes. James is a Service Scholar and has volunteered in the Rochester community at Catholic Family Center, The Friendly Home, Rochester School 58, and the East Rochester Youth Activity Center. Through his experiences, both in and out of the classroom, he has developed into a leader on campus where he continues to lead with integrity, passion, and purpose.


Malik Evans

Malik Evans has a long record of community involvement and leadership in the Rochester area. Helping business owners become successful has been a major part of Malik’s life. Malik believes that strong Entrepreneurs make our communities stronger and that a quality education paired with strong business acumen can transform our communities. Malik currently serves as the business growth program manager at ESL Federal Credit Union. In this role, Malik spearheads the locally-owned credit union’s efforts to create shared value through driving business growth and creating consumer prosperity in the Greater Rochester area. Shared value is a program that enhances company competitiveness while simultaneously solving economic and social problems in the communities in which it operates. Evans joined ESL with many years of banking experience. Prior to his current position at ESL, he served as vice president for M&T Bank Corporation in the retail banking division. Malik has delivered numerous workshops and presentations on Business and leadership. Evans has extensive community service and leadership experience among his current activities; he serves on the Board of the Rochester Board of Education where he holds the distinction of being the youngest person ever being elected. He is a member of the Charitable Distributions Committee at the Rochester Area Community Foundation, Hope Hall Board of Directors, and serves as a trustee on the Rochester Museum and Science Center Board, PathStone Enterprise Center Board, RIT Center for Urban Entrepreneurship Advisory Board along with numerous other community-impacting activities. Malik a native of Rochester, New York is a graduate of the University of Rochester.


Nathaniel Harrington

My name is Nathaniel Harrington. People call me Nat, I don’t know why, but they do. I go to school at Roberts Wesleyan College and will attain a degree in business administration in May of 2017. For work, I manage the men’s soccer team, RA in one of the dorms on campus, and work in the IT department. I am the president of our Roberts Enactus team (a worldwide business club) and own and operate a small business selling an assortment of gourmet roasted nuts. The business is called Nat’s Nuts and yes, the jokes are endless; go ahead and look us up on Facebook (shameless plug)! Due to the nature of my jobs and extracurricular activities, I constantly interact with people and have opportunities to build great friendships, which is what I thrive on. In my limited spare time, I like to work on and drive my motorcycle Mulan, eat as much food as possible, and workout enough to where all of the food I eat isn’t a problem. You might be wondering, “Why would he name his motorcycle Mulan? What an unusual guy!” so I will explain. My motorcycle looks like a guy and is an absolute beast, but she really is a girl in disguise, hence the name Mulan. Now you might be thinking to yourself, “This guy really is unusual!” Yep, I am. But, that’s me and I am very thankful and blessed to receive this scholarship.


Barbara Boakye

A native of New York City, Barbara Boakye is a graduating senior at The College at Brockport majoring in Finance with a dual minor in Political Science and Economics. This past summer she interned with Morgan Stanley in Manhattan as a Financial Analyst. During the school year, she works as a tutor in mathematics, and served as Editor and Researcher for the Money Mondays Personal Finance newsletter. Her involvement in volunteer organizations includes Sponsors for Educational Opportunity, and Ryan’s Case for Smiles, which supports Pediatric Cancer patients. On campus she is involved in many organizations, including but not limited to The European Union Simulation Club, The Brockport Student Government, the Finance Club, Organization of African Descent and the African Student Union. Upon graduation, her plans to are to return to Morgan Stanley in New York City to begin her career in finance.


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2015 Scholarship Recipients

Jessica Nielsen

Jessica Nielsen is enrolled in the of the School of Management (SOM) at Nazareth College and is pursuing a Master of Science degree in Human Resource Management. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology in 2014 and received the Presidential Award for Commitment to Scholarly Activity in Psychology. For the past three years Ms. Nielsen has been pursuing independent research on ethics in the workplace and presented her study at the 27th Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science. In addition, she is a student member of the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students, the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and the Student Caucus of the Association for Psychological Science. Ms. Nielsen plans to pair the management skills she has gained with her research skills to study and improve interpersonal relationships, integrity, and business and entrepreneurial ethics, and in spreading awareness of the negative outcomes that result from poor ethical practices in the workplace.


Kelly Valente

Kelly Valente is a third year student majoring International Business and Political Science in the Honors College at SUNY Brockport. Besides being a dual major, she is a dual citizen of Italy andthe United States. As a child, she lived in Italy for eight years and now resides in Skaneateles, New York, where she attended high school. On campus she is very active and works for the Admissions Office as a tour guide, the Study Abroad Office as a global ambassador, and the Brockport Student Government as the Coordinator of Advocacy. Kelly also spends time volunteering through Rotary and serves as a language interpreter. Kelly spent the last semester studying abroad at Oxford University, where she studied research methods and learned the importance of implementing standards and integrity in one’s work. Such lessons also relate to ethical decision-making, which she believes is not only important but necessary. Kelly looks forward to combining her value of ethics with the business skills she has learned at Brockport to make a positive impact on the world.


Hassan Ali

Hassan attended the Saunders College of Business at the Rochester Institute of Technology for a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. He is currently attending St. John Fisher College for his Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting.

Throughout his college years, he has been involved in various on-campus activities. He co-founded a student club to help International Students with their transition into attending school in the United States.

He has successfully completed Accounting Co-op’s with RIT’s Internal Audit department, as well as with a company called Virtual Scopics. During these internships he was able to apply the material that he learned in his classes as well as learn and grow as an accountant.

Hassan’s goal is to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), while making sure to follow the guidelines of business ethics. He believes that the Business Ethics class at RIT has helped him to develop an ethical lens. He knows that in order to succeed in the business world and to add value to any business, he will need to evaluate his decisions, and decide whether they’re morally and ethically correct.


Alexis Verone

Alexis Verone is a 21 year old, senior at St. John Fisher College, from Syracuse, New York. While she is pursuing a degree in Marketing and Strategic Communications, Alexis maintains an active role in the campus community through her various involvement activities. She has held positions as a Marketing Specialist to the Assistant Dean of the School of Business; as Co-President of SJFCAMA, Fisher’s Collegiate Chapter of the American Marketing Association; as an Account Executive of The PRIMA Group, a student run advertising agency on campus; and as the President of External Marketing for the Teddi Dance for Love. In addition to her academic involvement, she also has a passion to remain involved with the ALS Association. Alexis has worked with the marketing department at the Upstate New York Chapter this past summer and has been a volunteer at the ‘Walks to Defeat ALS” for the past eight years.


2014 Scholarship Recipients

Adrienne Zand

Adrienne Zand graduated in the class of 2014 from Brighton High School. She became interested in business starting junior year through the elective course “Personal Finance and Careers.” After joining DECA and attending the state conference junior year, she was the Brighton DECA secretary for her senior year. Adrienne was active in Junior Achievement through the Titans of business challenge, and the Turning Points Two essay contest. Her other interests and activities include violin and youth orchestra; Model U.N.; and cross-country. Adrienne is currently attending the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, with a planned concentration in Business Economics and Public Policy.


Anna Loria

Anna Loria is a third year senior pursuing a marketing degree, graduating a year early from SUNY The College at Brockport. She is a native of Penfield, NY, where she attended Penfield High School. During the school year, Anna works for the Brockport Foundation, reaching out to the college’s stakeholders in order to support the mission of the school. Her plan upon graduation is to utilize her marketing degree and writing skills to pursue a career perhaps in copywriting. One of her roommates this year will be her parakeet Opal.

Anna looks forward to employing ethical marketing tactics with her future business practices by treating the concept as a philosophy to live by, as well as an act of both self and social interest, rather than a mere marketing strategy.


Luke Zaporowski

Luke Zaporowski, a 21 year old senior at St. John Fisher College is pursuing a degree in Business Management. As a student and an active member of the St. John Fisher Football team, Luke has been able to achieve exceptional academic standings. Through the football program, he has volunteered on numerous occasions for the Camp Good Days and special times organization. Outside of school and sports, Luke has developed a passion for helping children with disabilities. During the past ten years, he has volunteered at several different programs involving these exceptional individuals such as Moving Miracles dance program. This past summer Luke completed a management trainee internship with Enterprise Rent a Car, a company that values integrity. In addition, he was offered a position with Enterprise after graduation due to his great performance and lasting impressions on upper management at the company. Lastly, Luke strongly believes that if you work hard and stick to your ethical values you will successfully overcome any challenge that you face.


Sofiya Kreminska

Sofiya is enrolled in the School of Management (SOM) at Nazareth College. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in International Business.

She has an impressive record of service to others through her work with the Nazareth Partners for Learning and her work as a tutor in the after school program at Rochester School # 2. She also performs an array of volunteer work at the Refugee Center at Saint’s Place in Rochester.

Sofiya has helped to finance her education through part-time work at Kid to Kid, DiBella’s and Applebee’s. She has excellent interpersonal and communication skills and fluency with the Ukrainian and Russian languages.

Through her excellent academics and service others she is the personification of the four key elements in the SOM’s mission: global, ethical, entrepreneurial and experiential.


Tamara Osipov


2013 Scholarship Recipients

Atharva Sabnis


Jacquie Cowley

As a senior at St. John Fisher College, 21 year old, Jacquie Cowley is pursuing a degree in Accounting. She maintains an active role in the accounting community by being Chair of Accounting Club and attending four leadership forms with accounting firms over the summer to gain leadership abilities. In addition, she has a passion to remain involved in the Camp Good Days and Special Times Community. She has volunteered at Camp Good Days over various summers and holds a leadership role as a captain on the Teddi Committee at St. John Fisher College. In addition, she is a student liaison of Beta Gamma Sigma, representing the top 10% of the business school. Jacquie is a firm believer that integrity stems from being earnest and always looking at how your actions are affecting others, as those can be more important than solely how they are affecting yourself. She strives to instill these qualities in others, while being a leader, in order to remain a positive role model for her community.


Alyssa Sutherland

2012 Scholarship Recipients

Adena Thompson


Jessica Lee

Kathleen Fallon

Hamza Masood

2011 Scholarship Recipients