Anna Kolnik has been named recipient of the 2007 prestigious McGowan Scholarship by the E. Philip Saunders College of Business at Rochester Institute of Technology. Kolnik, a third year marketing business major from Walworth, Wisconsin, will receive a full scholarship for the 2007-2008 academic year, made possible by a grant from the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund.
Kolnik is both a dedicated athlete and scholar. Her notable achievements include: RIT Honors Program, RIT Women’s Soccer Team Captain, Student Athlete Advisory Committee Co-Chair, Nathaniel Rochester Scholarship, RIT Presidential Academic Scholarship, and the Shirley Brost Memorial Scholarship for Volunteerism.
“My goals for the future include applying to the National Student Athlete Advisory Committee, successfully completing a degree in marketing, acquiring a Master’s degree in marketing, and earning an internship with the NCAA,” says Kolnik. “I plan to begin my career working with the NCAA as a sports marketer and progressing to become marketing manager for championship games.”
As part of RIT’s co-op program, Kolnik will be working this summer at American Sports Media, located on Winton Place, where she will be “working on sports publications including one for the Buffalo Bills, called the Bills Digest,” she says. “I’ll be making sales calls but I’ll also be covering their training camp at St. John Fisher so I’m hoping to meet a lot of players on the team. RIT has opened many new doors in my life, providing numerous opportunities for me to achieve my goals.”
RIT is among 31 colleges and universities around the country that participate in the William G. McGowan Scholars Program, named in honor of the founder and chairman of MCI Communications Corp.