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Burkett nets Texas Business Hall of Fame Ben J. Rogers scholarship

Jason Burkett of Beaumont was recently notified that he was the winner of the Texas Business Hall of Fame Ben J. Rogers scholarship. Burkett is pursing both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in accounting at Lamar University.

He is participating in a tax internship this summer at UHY, a national independent CPA firm, and will be participating in an audit internship at Deloitte in spring 2015. 

“Jason is a true Lamar success story,” said Henry Venta, dean of Lamar’s College of Business. Burkett earned an associate degree in business from Blinn College in Bryan, Texas, before transferring to Lamar. 

Lamar also nominated four other students from the business college this year: Sydney Rush, Groves, a double major in entrepreneurship and dance; Sophia Gawu, Beaumont, Management Information Systems; Kristeen Reynolds, Port Arthur, accounting and entrepreneurship; and Jessica Nabers, Port Arthur, MBA. 

The Texas Business Hall of Fame Foundation was created in 1982 by a small group of Texas business men and women to focus awareness on the positive achievements made by outstanding business legends and to honor their contributions to their community and their state.

 Beaumont business leader and philanthropist Ben J. Rogers was inducted into the Texas Business Hall of Fame in 1991 in recognition of the contributions he made to the business community of the state. 

Through the scholarship the Foundation seeks to honor Texas’ foremost past and present business leaders and inspire future leadership. Inductees into the hall of fame are chosen for their distinguished accomplishments in business and their contributions to the development of a healthy, dynamic community in Texas and to the state’s overall economic well being. Each year, scholarships are awarded to outstanding Texas students who exhibit the same entrepreneurial drive and leadership spirit. 

 “The candidates were exceptionally strong this year,” said Evan Melrose, vice president of scholarship for the Texas Business Hall of Fame Foundation. “We look forward to recognizing this outstanding group of Texas business students.” 

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