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


Founded in 1851 in the Jesuit tradition of academic excellence, Saint Joseph’s University is a top-ranked Catholic University that provides a rigorous, student-centered education. With a total enrollment of 8,500 undergraduate and graduate students, SJU offers a wide-array of academic programs designed so that each graduate enters the world with a competitive resume and global perspective. This is achieved through intense academic study led by thought-leading faculty scholars, a comprehensive campus experience and robust study abroad, service-learning, internship and co-op programs. Upon graduation, nearly 100 percent of students are employed, pursuing advanced degrees or volunteering in prestigious service programs. A member of the Atlantic 10 Conference, SJU offers 20 Division I intercollegiate men’s and women’s sports. SJU alumni – over 60,000 strong - provide a powerful network that spans the globe.

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