News about Scholarship Winner, Stefanie Thomas, W'07

Wharton Club of DC celebrates its first two-time
scholarship winner at 37th Annual
Wharton Award Dinner on Monday, June 5

Our first meeting with Stefanie was three years ago, in 2003. She was in the process of completing her senior year at the Potomac School and getting for her new life as a freshman at Penn.

This is an update for you on how this outstanding recipient of a scholarship from the Wharton Club of DC has fared since we first greeted her and her proud parents:

Stefanie Thomas was born and raised in Washington, DC, under the loving care of her parents, Ronnie and Bridgadette Thomas. Throughout her childhood, she also shared a household with two older siblings, her twin brothers, Ronnie and Rodney Thomas.

She attended DC Public Schools until 1998, when she then enrolled into the Potomac School, an independent day school in McLean, Virginia, where she remained until graduation in 2003. It was at the Potomac School where she first cultivated a strong interest in the Japanese language. As a result, she participated in her first study abroad experience for six weeks in Tokyo, Japan during the summer of 2001.

After graduating from high school, Stefanie was accepted early decision into the undergraduate program of the Wharton School, where she began enrollment in the fall of 2003. In 2004, Stefanie became a member of Pennís first and only African drum and dance troupe, African Rhythms, as a dancer and currently presides on its executive board as Business Manager for the 2006-2007 academic year.

As to extracurricular activities, Stefanie has also been Co-Production Chair of SPEC-trum, a social events planning organization for minority students at Penn, as well as an assistant to the Director of a non-profit organization for young Philadelphia girls, affectionately known as S.E.E.D.S.

In the fall of 2005, Stefanie spent a semester abroad in Kyoto, Japan to study the Japanese language, along with Japanís culture, economy, and political arena, through the guidance of prominent professors from Stanford and Kyoto University. This past spring, Stefanie was also inducted into ONYX, the only black senior honor society at Penn, and was elected to serve on its executive board as the upcoming Social Events Committee Chair.

Stefanie currently plans to earn a Bachelor of Science in Economics in the spring of 2007 with a concentration in Marketing and a minor in Japanese under East Asian Language Studies. She would like to pursue a career in international marketing, with a long-term goal of establishing her own consulting business that specializes in global marketing and brand management.

This summer, Stefanie will be interning at Citigroupís New York offices under its prime brokerage division to do work in client management for multinationals in emerging global markets.

Congratulations, Stefanie, for all you have done,
and all you are yet to do!
We are delighted to learn of your
progress and accomplishments in the past three years
and gratified to see you fulfill your promise and dreams.