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12 Villanova University Students Named Forbes Under 30 Scholars

12 Villanova University Students Named Forbes Under 30 Scholars

VILLANOVA, Pa. – For the first time in 2016, Forbes introduced the Forbes Under 30 Scholars program—selecting  1,000 students from the nation’s top schools and giving them free access to the publication’s Under 30 Summit, a gathering of the world’s top young entrepreneurs and game-changers. Twelve Villanova University students were selected as Forbes Under 30 Scholars and spent Oct. 16-19 in Boston at the 2016 Forbes Under 30 Summit.

“At Villanova, fostering a creative, innovative and entrepreneurial environment for our students to learn and grow is a priority,” said University Provost Patrick G. Maggitti, PhD. “It’s extremely gratifying to see our students be recognized by Forbes for these skills and how they are being used as a springboard to successful careers and lives after graduation.”

The list of Villanova students named 2016 Forbes Under 30 Scholars, included:

  • Brady Action (Villanova School of Business, Junior)
  • Michael Buysse (Villanova School of Business, Senior)
  • Brendan Dermody (Villanova School of Business, Masters)
  • Zachary Ellenhorn (College of Engineering, Junior)
  • Heather Fuller Morren (Villanova School of Business, Masters)
  • Lauren Hochenberger (Villanova School of Business, Masters)
  • Hoseuk Kim (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Senior)
  • Jessica Manion (Villanova School of Business, Masters)
  • David Moshons (Villanova School of Business, Masters)
  • Morgan Reid (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Junior)
  • Ian Stankosh (College of Engineering, Senior)
  • Vanessa Zommi Kungne (College of Engineering, Masters)

The Summit featured four content tracks—Tech, Create, Capital and Impact—hosted at notable universities throughout the city of Boston. Forbes Under 30 Scholars could select the content track of their choice. These four content areas encompassed dedicated programming and innovations across Science and Technology, Finance and Investing, Media and Creativity, and Policy and Social Good. The Summit brought together VIPs from the Forbes 30 Under 30 list and world class mentors for panels, demonstrations, pitch contests, networking and performances. The Under 30 Scholars also had the opportunity to meet one-on-one or in small groups with top recruiters from the best companies and startups in America.

“We are thrilled about the success of Villanova students in being selected as Forbes Under 30 Scholars this year,” said Kevin Grubb, Executive Director of the Villanova University Career Center. “It is no surprise that the students chosen came from a variety of programs, which is continued recognition of the strength of Villanova's well-rounded academic experience and community.”

According to Forbes, “the Forbes Under 30 Franchise represents the movers and shakers, innovators, and leaders of tomorrow. The best candidates for Under 30 Scholars are students who embody those tenets.” To apply for the Forbes Under 30 Scholars program, students had to be a junior, senior or graduate students and have a minimum 3.3 GPA.

About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's six collegesthe College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing, the College of Professional Studies and the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. Ranked among the nation’s top universities, Villanova supports its students’ intellectual growth and prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them. For more, visit