Gen Izutsu and John Pruitt, First
Year full-time MBA students at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business, were awarded Genovese
Fellowships - one of the School's most prestigious, merit-based
Made possible by Darden
alumnus Frank Genovese (MBA `74), one of
Darden's most generous contributors, the award and its recipients
were announced Monday, 21 April, during First Coffee.
The students each received $59,000
to help fund their second year of Darden's MBA program.
"I'm very honored and humbled to
have been selected from among a group of classmates that are both
talented and capable," said Pruitt. "I'm especially excited about
the mentorship opportunities that come with the fellowship. It's an
honor and a privilege to join the Genovese network and learn from
him and the alumni. I am hopeful that this will fuel my future
success as a general manager and aspiring future business
Genovese has announced the
recipients of this gift every year for the past 23 years. To date,
59 awards totaling $2.3 million dollars have gone to
high-performing Darden students interested in business management
Eighty percent of Darden graduates
who received Genovese Fellowships are now company owners or general
"I will build on Darden's
exceptional general management education after graduation by
joining a large but decentralized company where I will learn how to
run a business by working in different functional roles," said
Izutsu. "Mr. Genovese's generous fellowship will allow me to seek
out roles for their educational and experiential value over
monetary concerns, which will in turn accelerate my ability to run
a business. I am also looking forward to continuing the tradition
of giving back to Darden and its community that values 'paying it
Genovese is the president of the
Rothbury Corporation, an investment company in Richmond, Virginia.
A specialist in entrepreneurship, acquisitions and turnarounds, he
has owned and operated nine companies over the span of his
Genovese credits Darden for many of
the successes in his life and declares: "The greatest feeling in
the world is to give away money."
Finalists chosen for this award are
in the top 30 percent of their class after the first semester. A
panel of Darden alumni, faculty, Assistant Dean for Global MBA for
Executives Larry Mueller, and Frank Genovese select two winners
following a rigorous interview process.
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advances global managerial practice and business education, and a
tight-knit learning environment to develop responsible and complete
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