New York Life Shoot Out Gives Scholarship Opportunities

Published on February 4, 2009

A member of the Hispanic Business Students Association prepares to sink a basket.View more photos

A member of the Hispanic Business Students Association prepares to sink a basket.

At the conference game against Rice University in February, UH Bauer students had an opportunity to do more than just cheer on their fellow Cougars to victory at Hofheinz Pavilion. Student organizations from the UH C. T. Bauer College of Business participated in the fourth annual Basketball Scholarship Shoot Out Challenge, sponsored by New York Life Insurance Company.

New York Life partner Gustavo Cuellar said the yearly event is a way for students to build teamwork. Bauer student organizations compete for $5,000 in scholarships.

“Each organization has a chance to contribute more money to their organization’s endowment,” Business Student Activities Advisor Stephanie Krauss said. “The goal is for each (organization) to endow a scholarship with money obtained from sponsors.”

Cuellar has been active with business student organizations at Bauer, often attending events to help students improve their résumé writing and interviewing skills.

“My wife and I were not blessed with children but we were blessed with the opportunity to help students in other ways people cannot,” he said.

The Finance Association scored the most points and earned $1,176.48 in scholarship funding. The Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization, the American Marketing Association and the Hispanic Business Students Association each scored three points and earned $882.36. The Association for Supply Chain Management (APICS) and Alpha Kappa Psi earned $588.24, while the Management Information Systems Student Organization (MISSO) won $100 in scholarship funding.

Each organization provided three participants, who in turn had three opportunities to score as many free throws as possible. A tailgate party was hosted earlier in the day, giving participants the opportunity to meet and mingle with representatives from New York Life.

By Mayra Cruz