Scholarship student Andrew Carbon graduates at top of class.

The graduate school scholarship that Andrew Carbon (MSHRM ’10, BBA ’06) received not only influenced his work on his master’s degree but also is affecting the rest of his life.

Carbon, who completed his bachelor’s degree with a dual major in international business and management from the College of Business Administration at Florida International University (FIU) in 2006, became the recipient of the Ira Clark Jackson Graduate Scholarship from Jackson Health System. With the funding, he earned a Master of Science in Human Resource Management (MSHRM) degree from FIU’s Chapman Graduate School in August 2010.

Left to right: Andrew Carbon and Christos Koulamas, senior associate dean

This Ira Clark Jackson Graduate Business Scholar earned a 3.95 GPA, the highest in the group of 25 students graduating at the same time. In addition, during the MSHRM graduation dinner held on August 18, 2010, Carbon received a Citizenship Award as a result of being voted by his classmates as the best all-around student.

“Knowing that someone else was paying for my education had an enormous impact on me,” said Carbon, born in the island nation of Dominica. “I already have high standards for myself but I worked even harder, to be worthy of the scholarship. I cannot express enough gratitude to Jackson Health System for financing my education.”

While doing graduate studies, Carbon continued his employment at Miami Dade College; he was recently promoted to supervisor of admissions and registration at their North Campus, leading a team of 12.

“From the talented FIU faculty, I learned the theory and practices of human resources,” he said. “Every day, I apply that learning on the job.”

Stellar graduate intends to continue chain of giving.

The scholarship Carbon received is named for the late Ira Clark, former CEO of Jackson Health System.

“Mr. Clark was a very charitable person, and I intend to continue his chain of giving,” Carbon said. “Right now, that means giving my time such as being a tutor as well as providing advice and motivation for incoming MSHRM students. But someday it will also mean financially helping others achieve their academic dreams.”

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