Wright-Bentley Scholars 2011-2012

The Wright-Bentley Scholarship is awarded to students that have demonstrated strong academic skills and service to the community and university. Selected students have proven themselves to be highly motivated, intellectually strong and civic-minded.

Listed below are the 2011-2012 Wright-Bentley Scholars.

Elizabeth Chapman

David Dance

Sarah Gardner

Kyle Marcum

SulGi Park

Marinus Ray

elizabeth chapman Elizabeth Chapman

B.S. Business Administration: Marketing

Elizabeth serves as a Cultural Ambassador of the Cooperative Education offices on campus. She has studied abroad in Scotland at the University of Edinburgh, completing an extensive course on Scotland's national history. She is also a member of the University Honors Program in which she has served on numerous committees. Elizabeth is currently participating in a national exchange program to graduate from a certificate program in Entertainment Management at the University of Montana. Elizabeth  is also a member of the National Forensic League and the International Thespian Society.

After graduation, Elizabeth plans to gain more experience in the event planning field so that she will have the knowledge to start her own business.


David Dance David Dance 

B.S. Business Administration: Accounting 
B.S. Business Administration: Finance

David enjoys basketball, golf, backpacking, piano, and playing the guitar. He has spent two of his summers teaching and assisting the youth for United Church of God Summer Camps as a member of the volleyball and flag football staff. David will be volunteering at similar camp this summer in Pennsylvania. He plays intramural sports at UTC including football and softball. 

After graduation, David plans to work for one of the “Big Four” accounting firms.


Sarah Gardner Sarah Gardner

B.S. Business Administration: Entrepreneurship

Sarah is a member of University Honors, Mortar Board Honor Society, Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society, and Habitat for Humanity. She serves as a Cultural Ambassador of the Cooperative Education office on campus; she has studied abroad in Linz, Austria and currently serves as vice president of the International Student Organization.  Sarah has volunteered for the Downtown Presbyterian Church, Sunshine Gospel Ministries,  Vacation Bible School, and the Appalachian Service Project among others. Sarah also held a Student Assistantship with Dr. Roland Carter in the UTC Music Department.

After graduation, Sarah plans to attend pastry school, earn a master's degree, and eventually open her own bakery. 


Kyle Marcum Kyle Marcum

B.S. Business Administration: Accounting
B.S. Business Administration: Finance

Kyle serves as the co-chair and co-founder of JEW-TC, a group to help establish a Jewish presence on campus, volunteer at local synagogues, and provide a source of Jewish culture and tradition to UTC students. Kyle is a member of University Honors, University Orchestra, University Orchestra String Quartet, Spectrum, Music Guild Organization, JEW-TC, Beta Gamma Sigma, and SGA. He is also the Principal Violist of the University Orchestra. Kyle has volunteered for Burk's United Methodist Church and Tabernacle Orchestra, Chattanooga Care's, UTC Orchestra, Chattanooga's Community Orchestra, and Adoption Option.

After graduation, Kyle plans to get a job at a CPA firm dealing with financial accounting or a job focused on forensic accounting. During his career, he may apply to a Master in Accounting or Finance program as well as a Music Business degree program.

Sulgi Park SulGi Park

B.S. Business Administration: Marketing

SulGi is the co-founder and office of the Business Student Leader Council. She is president of the International Student Organization and a member of the American Marketing Association and Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Organization. SulGi has volunteered as an assistant teacher at UTC, a teacher and tour guide at Seventh Day Adventist Church in South Korea, and a teacher at Seventh Day Adventist Church in the Philippines. She is also fluent in Korean.

After graduation, SulGi plans to continue to study and execute effective strategies for the energy production industry, re-engineering, and industrial ecology.



Marinus Ray Marinus Ray

B.S. Business Administration: Accounting

Marinus is the Vice President of Mortarboard, Vice President of Beta Alpha Psi, Communications Officer of the Institute of Management Accountants, and member of Beta Gamma Sigma. He was the youngest Vice President of Student Government at Chattanooga State Community College. He recently founded the Business Leadership Council to facilitate better communication among campus clubs and speed completion of community service projects on campus. He has volunteered and organized events for Habitat for Humanity, The Chattanooga Zoo, St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital, and Magazines for Memorial Hospital. He has also worked as a FAFSA Peer Counselor for the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation. During his first year at UTC, he finished his Eagle Scout project by completely renovating two offices in the St. Andrew's Church Community Center as part of a community center initiative of the Methodist Church.

After graduation, Marinus plans to earn both a J.D. and MBA. Eventually, he would like to follow in the footsteps of Gerald Storch, who also has a JD and MBA, and become a CEO of a major company.