Patrick SandersPatrick Sanders, a junior marketing major in the School of Business Administration and the Irvin D. Reid Honors College, received the 2011 Crain’s Newsmaker of the Year Scholarship. Crain’s presented the $1,500 award to him on February 23 at the Newsmaker of the Year Luncheon at the Westin Book Cadillac in Detroit.

“Patrick continues to prove that he is capable of excelling both in and out of the classroom. His energy and enthusiasm for anything to do with business continues to impress the faculty and staff, and on behalf of the School of Business Administration, we are very proud of his selection as the recipient of Crain’s Newsmaker of the Year Scholarship,” said Dean Margaret Williams.

An academic standout who is also involved in student and community service, Sanders is a presidential scholar, dean’s list student and recent inductee into Beta Gamma Sigma, the honor society of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accredited schools. Additionally, he is a B Start student at the Irvin D. Reid Honors College and is on track to receive his bachelor’s and master’s in five years. To date, Sanders has served the business school as chief financial officer of the Business Student Senate, helping to increase membership, and was instrumental in developing a financial literacy program for Detroit Public Schools students.

With a passion for branding, he is an aspiring entrepreneur with interests in IT security and flow, logistical operations across various industries, and product marketing. Outgoing and engaging, Sanders has developed an expertise in public speaking, publicity, branding and creative promotion. He currently works as the creative marketing coordinator for, while going to school.

“I’m honored to receive the Crain’s scholarship,” said Sanders. “To be recognized before 500 Detroit-area business people was an incredible experience. It was a great honor to represent Wayne State University and the School of Business Administration, and I hope that future WSU students will also have the same opportunity.”

Sanders joins Saad Chehab, president and chief executive officer, Chrysler Brand, Chrysler Group, LLC; and Sue Mosey, president, Midtown, Inc. as 2011 Newsmaker of the Year honorees.

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