2011 Scholarship Recipients

Strengthening the academic reputation is among the strategic goals of the College's Build-on-Strengths (BOS) Plan and the Academic Blueprint.

Providing high quality education is one of the core Lasallian principles. Attracting high-caliber students to SMC is an important way to strengthen the academic reputation of our programs and enrich the learning experience of all students in the classroom.

With the support of the Development Office, SEBA received over $1,000,000 donations in the last fifteen months for new endowed scholarships and professorship. This has allowed us to enroll the following outstanding scholarship recipients in our graduate business programs in 2011.



Briana Cronin, recipient of the Deju Scholarship October 2011, is currently an Inventory Planning Analyst at Banana Republic.  After receiving her Bachelors in Management at Boston College, Cronin returned to the Bay Area. She hopes to combine her passion of fashion and with her tactical and organizational skills by opening up a clothing store and turning it into a national brand. After co-founding three summer day camps in Alamo and Danville, interning for such companies as Bergdorf Goodman, working for several start-ups, including as VP Operations of a start-up retailer, and experience in analytics at IBM, Cronin is ready to get hands on business and leadership experience in the Professional MBA program at Saint Mary’s.

Carissa Perault is the recipient of the Wilder Trust Scholarship for October 2011. She is driven to pursue her Professional MBA after graduating San Diego State University in May of this year with a degree in Marketing. Perault comes to Saint Mary’s intent on getting the first-hand experience she needs to be able to open her own real estate brokerage firm and specialize in real estate, home staging, relocation assistance and interior design.

Jyoti Prasad, recipient of the Lighthouse scholarship for October 2011 is pursuing Trans-Global Executive MBA program. Jyoti received her BE in Telecommunications at SGSITS from Indore, India. She is a Sr. Strategy Manager at Genentech with over fifteen years of experience in Marketing & Project management. Jyoti is pursing Saint Mary's Trans-Global Executive MBA to understand and influence market behavior and communication on a global scale. She is the founding pillar of the Marketing Science department at Genetech and has been recognized for her collaboration and innovation skills as winner of the Star Performer Award in 2010, Team Collaboration Award in Marketing Excellence in 2009 and winner of the Annual Collaborator Brand in 2007. Currently she is leading a team to Launch a biologic drug for Breast Cancer patients in 2012.

Lisa Rhine is the October 2011 recipient of the Dean’s Women’s Scholarship. After earning her Associates degree in Merchandise Marketing at FIDM in San Francisco, Rhine went on to get a Bachelor’s degree in ethnic studies from UC Berkeley. In 2003, Rhine received her Master’s in Urban Planning from UCLA and now is pursuing her Executive MBA at Saint Mary's. Rhine brings a wide range of knowledge and experience to the program that spans from the worlds of fashion to finance.


Danielle Arruda, the Dean’s Scholarship recipient for July 2011 is currently a premier licensed banker at Wells Fargo. Arruda is pursuing her M.S. in Financial Analysis and Investment Management at Saint Mary’s to be able to better assist her clients. Recognized on the Dean’s list from fall of ‘04 to spring of ’08, Arruda proved herself to be more than capable of balancing work as a Junior Securities Broker at Atlas Securities and undergraduate course work graduating Magna Cum Laude with a degree Integral Liberal Arts from Saint Mary's College.

Kelli Frostad, the July 2011 recipient of the Dean’s Women’s Scholarship, is Vice President and Director of Operations at Hutchinson Capital Management in Marin County. Frostad joined Hutchinson Capital Management in 2008 and has over twenty years of experience in the investment industry, with more than a decade in management. Frostad comes to Saint Mary’s to pursue her Executive MBA and attain a more well-rounded skill set while continuing to thrive and rise professionally.

Keriya Kim is a Dean's Scholarship recipient for July 2011 M.S. in Financial Analysis and Investment Management (MS-FAIM) program and a Saint Mary’s College alum. With over ten years’ experience in project management, Kim returns to Saint Mary’s to get her MS-FAIM and gain a better understanding of the financial services industry and pursue a position as a portfolio manager. Currently Kim is an Associate at First Republic Investment Management in San Francisco. Prior to joining First Republic, she served as a Sr. Manager with Charles Schwab Investment Management. Kim learned the importance of business and finances at an early age from her parents who started their own business after immigrating to the United States from Cambodia. Kim won the Earl W. Smith Award for academic excellence in business administration while getting her undergraduate degree at Saint Mary’s.


Brooke Arndt, recipient of the Wilder Trust Scholarship, gained first-hand experience managing finances in her family-owned grocery and prompted Arndt’s leadership skills at an early age. Traveling to countries all over the world ignited her curiosity in global economics, and now Arndt comes to Saint Mary’s to put her passions to work. A Pacific University of Oregon alum with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Arndt is currently a bank teller at Wells Fargo and hopes to gain the skills necessary to helping others with their finances on a broader level.

For more information on how to apply for Graduate Business Scholarship contact Holly Dalton, Director of Admissions & Recruitment at (925) 631- 4503.