GIVING SUMMER INTERNS A FINANCIAL BOOST
Winners of the 2017 Heffner Fellowship Awards
BY BOB WOODS

boost.jpgDonor Bill Heffner (third from left) with Heffner Fellows Cody Skylar, Emily Gerstein, Nicole Millman, Justin Levy and Jonathan Ovadia.

“I enjoy helping students,” says Bill Heffner (BBA ’77). Heffner has been putting his money where his mouth is for the last 12 years, donating $250,000 to fund the Heffner Fellowship Award through an endowment his family established with the School of Business in 2006. Since then, the endowment’s earnings have provided over $100,000 to more than 40 of the School’s undergraduates who receive summer internships, helping them pay travel and living expenses.

“This year there were five recipients of $2,500 each,” reports Heffner, who is president of family-owned Agg Rok Materials in Columbus, Ohio, and a Business Plan Competition mentor and judge. The individual awards to Heffner Fellows have fluctuated over the years, and more than 40 interns have benefited from the Heffner bump.

The reward for Heffner, he says, is that close to 90% of the interns have received job offers from the company that brought them on for the summer. “It’s like the ultimate job interview for prospective employers,” he adds. “But it’s also a great way for the students to find out if that’s the field they really want to work in after graduation.”

The 2017 Heffner Fellows and where they’re interning:
Emily Gerstein – Jerry Media, New York
Justin Levy – NOVO, New York
Nicole Millman – Northern Trust, Chicago
Jonathan Ovadia – JUMP Investors, Los Angeles
Cody Skylar – FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education), McLean, Virginia

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