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Meet Booth's 2012 Siebel Scholars

Chicago Business

October 13th 2011

The five second-year students who were chosen as Siebel Scholars this year include a strategy consultant who is passionate about higher education reform, an aerospace engineer and a former violist with the Chicago Youth Concert Orchestra.

The winners also include a biomedical engineer who brews beer at home and a former F-15 fighter pilot who led 42 combat missions during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Christopher Bordoni, Richard Cavolo, William Logas Jr., Michael Marquis and Benjamin Orton each will receive $35,000 for tuition from the Siebel Foundation in recognition of their outstanding academic performance and leadership qualities.

The Siebel Scholars Program was founded in 2000 to recognize the most talented students at the world's leading graduate schools of business, computer science and bioengineering, and to form an active, lifelong community among a growing group of leaders.

Bordoni is a career advisor for first-year students interested in consulting and a Net Impact board fellow. He is pursuing concentrations in finance, accounting, entrepreneurship and strategic management. He graduated second in his class of 215 at Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations, was a consultant at Deloitte Consulting before enrolling at Booth and spent the past summer as a summer consultant at The Boston Consulting Group.

Bordoni left Deloitte to pursue a five month independent study on higher education reform and developed a preliminary business model for a new university. His other passions include early morning workouts, cooking and spending time with his family.

Cavolo spent the summer working for McKinsey and Company. Before Booth he was a process engineer for Northrop Grumman Corporation, the giant multinational defense contractor where he worked on space, naval and aerospace programs.

Cavolo co-chairs Booth's Business Solutions Group and he is a career advisor for consulting. He graduated summa cum laude from The Ohio State University with a bachelor of science degree in industrial and systems engineering, then earned a 4.0 GPA from Johns Hopkins University where he received a master's degree in applied and computational mathematics.

Logas is co-chair of Giving Something Back, serves as a career advisor and was co-chair of Admit Weekend. After graduating from the University of Illinois College of Business with a 3.99 GPA and highest honors he became an investment banking analyst for M3 Capital Partners in Chicago, then spent nearly two years in London working at Marakon, the global management consulting firm.

Logas is concentrating in marketing management and finance, and plans to spend winter quarter at the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore. When he was younger he performed as a violist with the Chicago Youth Concert Orchestra.

Marquis is a biomedical engineer who spent seven years at National Instruments Corporation before enrolling at Booth. His most recent assignment for the company was in Newbury, England where he led a seven-person team as area sales manager.  Marquis worked as a consultant for The Boston Consulting Group this past summer.  At Booth, he is a LEAD facilitator and student mentor, as well as an active member of the management consulting group, energy group, strategy group and Net Impact. He is concentrating in economics, finance and strategic management. He was elected by his cohort to participate in the Leadership Challenge, which his team won.

Marquis graduated magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University with a bachelor of engineering degree. He focused on engineering and mathematics but now enjoys "crafting just about anything – cheese making, beer brewing and hot sauce."

Orton received a 4.0 GPA during his studies at Arizona State University leading to a master's degree in engineering. Earlier, he graduated sixth out of 858 students at U.S. Air Force Academy, where he studied civil engineering. During his military service he was a fighter pilot and captain, and led 42 combat missions in support of coalition forces during Operation Iraqi Freedom piloting an F-15E. Orton was awarded top pilot honors for 2005 from a group of 70 of his peers in recognition of his professionalism and aerial achievement.

After he left the military, Orton spent two years as a project engineer for T.A. Loving Company in Richmond, Virginia, where he managed construction activities for a wastewater treatment plant expansion.

He spent last summer at The Dow Chemical Company as a general management intern. At Booth, Orton is concentrating in marketing, strategy and finance.

Each of the Siebel Scholars will attend an annual conference in the autumn to meet past and present Siebel Scholars, university faculty, and some of the world's most prestigious thought-leaders to discuss and debate global issues, searching for solutions to today's most pressing societal challenges.

In addition to Booth, the small group of schools in the Siebel Scholars Program includes Harvard, Stanford, MIT, Princeton, Johns Hopkins, Northwestern, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of California Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon University, the University of California San Diego, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Tsinghua University.

More than 700 of the world's brightest minds are Siebel Scholars. This exceptional group has the unique opportunity to directly influence the technologies, policies, and economic and social decisions that shape the future. Siebel Scholars serve as key advisors to the Siebel Foundation, guiding the development of innovative programs the Foundation initiates. More information is available at

The Siebel Scholars Foundation is funded by the Siebel Foundation. Established as a private foundation in 1996, the Siebel Foundation is a nonprofit, public benefit corporation. Its mission is to support projects and organizations that work to improve the quality of life, environment, and education of its community members. More information can be found at

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