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High-achieving graduate student receives annual Rollo Knight ethics scholarship

Oct 23, 2017

DSC_7704_1Arkin Buyukozturk takes pride in the hard work he put in during his undergraduate years at the Florida State University College of Business and what he’s accomplishing now as an MBA candidate. Recently, the kind of conscientiousness that earned him a stellar GPA, as well as his integrity and the respect and compassion he demonstrates for others through community service, resulted in him receiving the college’s coveted Rollo William Gilbert Knight Scholarship.

“Ethics, honesty, integrity and character are the qualities that I value the most in a leader who wants to make a positive impact, and I’ve always wanted to lead,” said Buyukozturk, a full-time MBA student who earned his bachelor’s degree in management and finance in 2017. “I’ve dedicated my academic career to achieving these qualities, and I feel confident I will continue to be a great role model in our FSU community, and to represent Rollo Knight proudly, and make sure his legacy lives on.”

Those who knew Rollo Knight when he was studying for his MBA at Florida State, remember him as a gregarious and energetic leader who supported the MBA program and his classmates, played an important role in the college’s student-run MBA Association (MBAA), and encouraged ethical behavior.

When Knight, who had earned FSU’s Certificate of Ethical Leadership along with his MBA, died at the age of 23, shortly after graduating in 2009, his parents, Roy and Caroline Knight, created the Rollo William Gilbert Knight Scholarship to honor his memory and his core values. Shortly afterward, the college created the annual Rollo Knight Ethics Seminar, during which the $1,000 memorial scholarship is presented to a graduate student with a high grade-point average who is actively involved in the community and demonstrates the same honorable characteristics and leadership qualities as Knight. Scholarship candidates also submit an essay. This is the eighth year the scholarship has been awarded.

Buyukozturk, a Broward County native, is a member of honor societies Beta Gamma Sigma and Beta Alpha Psi, serves on the FSU MBA case competition team and works as a graduate assistant. He also is an administrative assistant at the FSU College of Medicine.

He is house manager for the Kiwanis Scholarship House at Southern Scholarship Foundation, and served as an undergraduate ambassador responsible for planning and organizing community service projects. He has worked on campus blood drives and food drives, volunteered on community betterment projects, helped out at the homeless shelter, collected donations for the needy and participated in Relay for Life events, which support the American Cancer Society.

“Arkin displays the kind of qualities we look for when deciding on a scholarship recipient,” said William Christiansen, MBA program director and chair of the Department of Finance. “We had some really terrific candidates for this award, but in the end, Arkin stood out, and we were pleased to select him for this honor.”

-by Barbara Ash





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