Omar Mourad to receive 2017 Delta Sigma Pi Scholarship Key Award

The Wayne State University Mike Ilitch School of Business has announced the 2017 recipient of the Delta Sigma Pi Scholarship Key Award, which is presented to the graduating business student with the highest cumulative grade point average. Omar Mourad will be honored at the school’s 37th Annual Recognition and Awards Program on Thursday, Aug. 24, at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center.

In May 2017, Mourad earned his bachelor’s degree with a double major in accounting and global supply chain management with a 3.98 GPA. An international student of Lebanese descent born and raised in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Mourad moved to Michigan five years ago specifically to attend Wayne State University. He has made the Dean’s List every semester since his freshman year.

As a student, Mourad served as treasurer of the Arab Student Union and was a member of the Global Supply Chain Management Student Association.

In 2016, Mourad was an internal audit intern with Ally Financial, where he was responsible for delivering independent assurance that governance, risk and control processes were working appropriately. He also conducted consumer automotive document processing, evaluated new products and tested technical controls, among other tasks. The year prior, he was a compensation and benefits intern at Ally.

His internships led him into his current full-time position at Ally Financial, where he is part of the Accounting Leadership Development Program and concentrating on attaining his CPA designation. As a member of the program, he will be rotating jobs every 9 to 12 months to gain experience in three different accounting roles.

Ultimately, Mourad aspires to develop his own clothing line, and to apply his supply chain skills to cultivate the garment industry in Detroit.

“I’d be thrilled if that was my way of creating a spark that would bridge the gap between the textile industry and Detroit’s manufacturing scene,” he said. “A robust fashion and garment industry in the city would add another platform for entrepreneurial success here in Detroit.”

For the second year in a row, the Annual Recognition and Awards Program will be emceed by Fox 2 Detroit anchor and reporter Roop Raj. In addition to Saleh, the event will also honor student scholarship recipients, Executive of the Year La June Montgomery TabronDistinguished Alumni Award winner David Leone, ​​​​​​​Emerging Leader Award winner Fares Ksebati, Inspirational Teacher Award winner Attila Yaprak and Outstanding Student Award winner Mahmoud Saleh.

Sponsorship opportunities for this event are still available. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact Steve Townsend at smtownsend@wayne.edu or 313-577-0202.