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Pender receives Tedrick Scholarship

October 21, 2011, Nicole Trainor

${image-alt} Tedrick Scholarship Awardee, Genesha Pender

Genesha Pender has a lot on her plate. The senior is double majoring in finance and accounting with specializations in investments and tax, respectively. Her ambition and hard work recently earned her the 2011-2012 Roger and Sally Tedrick Student Investment Scholarship. Established by Roger and Sally Tedrick, this scholarship is awarded to members of the Saluki Student Investment Fund, who serve as a role model and spokesperson for SSIF.

“I was very flattered to have been chosen for such a great opportunity, and feel very appreciative that my hard work and commitment to SSIF have not gone unnoticed,” says Pender. “I attribute most of my success to my parents, who have instilled the value of education and discipline in me and it is through their guidance that I strive to excel in school.”

Pender is involved in numerous registered student organizations. She is currently the president of Blacks Interested in Business, promotions chair of the newly founded RSO Developing & Inspiring Virtue in the African American Sisterhood, the treasurer of Golden Key International Honor Society, an active member in the Financial Sector of Saluki Student Investment Fund, a member of National Association of Black Accountants, Sigma Alpha Lambda Honor Society, as well as a SIUC Student Blogger. Along with being active in these organizations Pender has been able to maintain a 3.7 cumulative GPA. She has received several other academic awards including being the 2nd recipient of the Boeing Business Scholarship, the Multi-Ethnic Academic Excellence Award, and the African American Achievement Award. When Pender is not busy with school or her extracurricular activities, she mentors kids ranging from 2nd to 8th grade at the Y.E.S. Center Youth Empowerment Service Center in Carbondale.

“I’ve always been one to try my hardest at any and everything that I do, so being blessed with these scholarships and opportunities shows me that my hard work is paying off,” states Pender.

Upon graduating from SIU in May 2013, Pender hopes to work for a private financial planning or accounting firm, and one day own her own company.