Virginia Tech announces its Pamplin College of Business' Outstanding Senior Award

BLACKSBURG, Va., April 1, 2004 – Scott M. Coblentz, of Roanoke, Va., is the recipient of Virginia Tech’s Pamplin College of Business’ Outstanding Senior Award for the 2003-2004 academic year. He is completing a degree in finance and is ranked first in his graduating class with a GPA of 4.0.

The Virginia Tech Alumni Association and the senior class annually sponsor the Outstanding Senior Awards, which recognize exceptional performance by a graduating senior from each college within the university. Students and faculty of each of the eight colleges select the recipients. GPA’s of the awardees range between 3.75 and 4.0.

Virginia Tech is announcing its Outstanding Senior Awards in conjunction with the university’s Founders Day, Friday, April 23. First taking place in 1972, Founders Day Convocation is Virginia Tech's annual celebration of the academic and professional achievements of the university and recognizing service to Virginia Tech.

Academically, Coblentz has received several scholarships awarded through Virginia Tech, including the Sonny-Merryman Merit Scholarship in 2000, the R.B. Pamplin Rising Junior Award in 2002, and the Leonard R. Starr Jr. Award in 2003.

In addition to his academic performance, Coblentz has made time for activities outside the classroom over the past four years. He is a senior financial services analyst for the Student-Managed Endowment for Educational Development (SEED), a student-run investment group that manages a $3.2 million portfolio. Coblentz also serves as chairman of the Student Judicial Committee, where he hears cases weekly involving violations of the student code of conduct and renders verdicts and sanctions on behalf of the university.

“The wealth of opportunities within the college as well as the students and faculty have made the past four years invaluable to me,” Coblentz said. “I am deeply honored and humbled to be selected as the Outstanding Senior from such an incredible group of people.”

Virginia Tech's nationally ranked Pamplin College of Business offers undergraduate and graduate programs in accounting and information systems, business information technology, economics, finance, hospitality and tourism management, management, and marketing. The college emphasizes the development of leadership skills and ethical values and the integration of technology in the academic curriculum, and prepares students for global business challenges through faculty-led study abroad programs. The college has research centers that focus on business leadership, electronic commerce, energy modeling, and wireless telecommunications. The college is committed to serving business and society through the expertise of its faculty, alumni, and students.

Founded in 1872 as a land-grant college, Virginia Tech has grown to become the largest university in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Today, Virginia Tech’s eight colleges are dedicated to putting knowledge to work through teaching, research, and outreach activities and to fulfilling its vision to be among the top 30 research universities in the nation. At its 2,600-acre main campus located in Blacksburg and other campus centers in Northern Virginia, Southwest Virginia, Hampton Roads, Richmond, and Roanoke, Virginia Tech enrolls more than 28,000 full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries in 170 academic degree programs.