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Winners of W. Michael Hoffman Essay Prizes in Business Ethics and Babson-United, Inc. Research Fund in Ethical Financial Reporting Announced

April 29, 2003

WALTHAM, Mass. - Bentley College is pleased to announce three winners for this year's W. Michael Hoffman Essay Prize in Business Ethics. Matthew Gross (West Hartford, CT), a senior majoring in Corporate Finance & Accounting, and MBA students Elizabeth Bierman (Cedar Rapids, IA) and Shannon Wilz, received prizes in the competition administered by Bentley's Center for Business Ethics.

The W. Michael Hoffman Essay Prize was first announced at the Center for Business Ethics' (CBE) 20th anniversary celebration in October 1996. Established by the CBE's corporate advisory board and executive fellows, the prize honors Dr. Hoffman, the CBE's founder and executive director. Two prizes of $1,000 each, along with a plaque, are awarded annually. The prizes are based on papers written in any undergraduate or graduate course. Papers nominated for the prize should demonstrate academic strength and must include a business ethics component.

The winner for the Babson-United, Inc. Research Fund in Ethical Financial Reporting was the team of Hugh Miller (Old Bethpage, NY), a graduate student pursuing an MBA in Finance and MS in Global Financial Analysis, and Assistant Professor of Accountancy David Schwarzkopf. In collaboration with the Center for Business Ethics, the Babson-United Inc. Essay Prize in Ethical Financial Reporting was created in 1998. The $2,000 prize will be used to support ongoing research. Abstracts were solicited for research that demonstrated academic strength and included a focus on ethics and financial reporting. The winners will submit the completed manuscript by August 2003.

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