Michelle Mercado receives $2,500 EWNJ Scholarship Award

Teaneck, NJ (November 4, 2008) — EWNJ (Executive Women of New Jersey) has awarded a graduate scholarship to Michelle Mercado of Leonia, N.J. Mercado is pursuing her MBA in Entrepreneurial Studies at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

To be eligible to receive this award, a student must be nominated by a faculty member. Michelle was nominated by FDU faculty members Dr. Ethné Swartz and Dr. Joan Slepian. Dr. Swartz recognized Michelle for her “inquiring mind, great sense of responsibility, incredible work ethic, and a determination to apply her academic learning to her work and her life.”

Michelle has been an executive in various sectors for more than 12 years with the bulk of that experience in e-commerce and e-business. She was an e-commerce manager of 1800flowers.com, for whom she developed over 120 products in three years and managed over 400 products in total.

Michelle also developed and delivered training for 300+ employees at 10 facilities nationwide on new product packaging and quality testing. Currently, she works as the Director of Business Development for an Internet company where she manages its’ online partnerships division and a multi-million dollar online marketing budget.

Aside from her extensive executive work experience, Michelle says, “I really care about making a difference. EWNJ is an organization that represents encouragement and leadership development for women. Their mission is to promote the advancement of women to high ranks in business and government. It is a great honor to be recognized in this fashion and to be receiving their support.”

Michelle plans to continue working in the e-commerce industry, and is also hoping to write and teach as an expert in e-business in the future.

The EWNJ Graduate Merit Award program began in 1986 as a scholarship program to benefit women in New Jersey who are pursuing advanced degrees from New Jersey colleges and universities. To date, EWNJ has awarded over 275 women with more than $875,000 in scholarships. Current scholarship grants range from a minimum of $2,000 to a maximum of $5,000 to a single individual.

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