Haub Degree Completion Student Awarded Gold Leaf Scholarship

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

by Amanda Sapio '13

PHILADELPHIA (November 12, 2013) – Denise Mann, a resident of Belmont Hills, Pa., recently received the Main Line Chamber of Commerce Gold Leaf Scholarship, which is awarded to female students who exhibit outstanding leadership qualities. She received this $4,000 scholarship, sponsored by Mike Buongiorno, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Main Line Health, during the Main Line Chamber of Commerce Gold Leaf Luncheon on Sept. 24.

Mann, who hopes to graduate in December 2014, is a student in the University's Haub Degree Completion program which is designed for students considering beginning or completing their bachelor's degree in business.

"When I submitted my application for the Gold Leaf Scholarship, I never thought I would win," says Mann. "Receiving this scholarship is the ultimate honor and will help tremendously in furthering my career."

According to the Main Line Chamber of Commerce, one of the many reasons why Mann was awarded this scholarship is due to her remarkable leadership qualities and her strong belief in the importance of giving back to her community. Mann has served for eight years as treasurer of the Belmont Hills Civic Association, has worked to build the Lower Merion Ice Hockey Club and advocates for her son and others living with juvenile diabetes.

Mann first enrolled in Saint Joseph’s in 1987. Financial, family and emotional burdens took their toll, causing her to delay continuing her education at Saint Joseph's after completing her freshman year.

Since that time, Mann's diligence and determination has steered her life. She is now the mother of two children, and has worked for Stoltz Management, a real estate investment company, for the last five and a half years. Although she doesn't have a bachelor’s degree yet, Mann earned many promotions throughout her career due to her remarkable work ethic and drive to learn — working her way from bookkeeper to her current position as fund controller.

"I eventually came to a point in my career where I couldn’t achieve a higher position without a degree," says Mann. “I sporadically took classes for 17 years, and have consistently taken night classes at Saint Joseph’s since 2007 to work toward my goal of receiving a bachelor’s degree.”

After graduation, Mann plans to become a Certified Financial Planner. Eventually, she hopes to start her own company where she can help clients learn about the Affordable Care Act, Social Security and other options to help with retirement preparation.

"Denise Mann is an exceptionally motivated woman whose commitment to completing her degree is evident," says Janine Guerra, director of the Haub Degree Completion Program. "Her passion for helping others makes her the perfect candidate for this honor, and it is clear she has the drive and dedication to be an asset to Saint Joseph's University and the surrounding communities."

Students in the Haub Degree Completion Program receive maximum credit for previously completed coursework regardless of their prior major or area of study. The program is designed for professionals so courses are available day, evening, weekend and online. HDC accepts transfer credits from most regionally accredited colleges and universities. For more information, click here

Media Contact

Carolyn Steigleman, Marketing Communications | Haub School of Business, 610-660-1355, csteigle@sju.edu


As Philadelphia's Jesuit, Catholic University, founded by the Society of Jesus in 1851, Saint Joseph's University provides a rigorous, student-centered education rooted in the liberal arts. SJU ranks as a top university in the Northeast, with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter in the College of Arts and Sciences and AACSB accreditation of the  Erivan K. Haub School of Business. The University is also deeply committed to the Jesuit tradition of scholarship and service, earning a place on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll and the community engagement classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. With courses offered on campus and online, SJU prepares its more than 8,000 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students to lead lives of personal excellence, professional success and engaged citizenship.


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