Student awarded $10,000 scholarship from the Texas Business Hall of Fame Foundation

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 - 19:47

DENTON (UNT), Texas -- Phillip Davis of Greenville, S.C., a doctoral student in the University of North Texas’ College of Business, was honored as one of the top business students in Texas at the Texas Business Hall of Fame 30th Annual Induction Dinner in Houston last fall.

Davis plans to use his scholarship award to fund additional academic conferences to present his research in entrepreneurship and strategy.

The foundation annually awards one scholarship at each of the program’s current 19 participating Texas universities. This year, Davis represented UNT.

“It was an honor and privilege to represent the University of North Texas for such a prestigious award,” said Davis. “I’m now part of a very special family of scholars and business leaders who truly embody the entrepreneurial spirit of Texas.”

Davis received his master of business administration and a bachelor of science degree in industrial engineering from Clemson University. His research interests include entrepreneurial process, capability development and strategic entrepreneurship. Davis also won the Best Doctoral Student Paper award at the 2012 United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship conference. Prior to his doctoral studies, Davis held managerial and executive positions in manufacturing and banking. 

“I’m really proud of Phil and his accomplishments thus far, and I know many more will come in the future,” said Whitney Peake, an assistant professor in UNT’s Department of Management. “He is extremely bright and motivated and represents UNT’s graduate program in the best possible light.”

Peake also said that Davis’ award recognizes the outstanding students at UNT and the College of Business, as they work to ensure that entrepreneurship is an integral component of their curriculum, research and service efforts.

For 30 years, the Texas Business Hall of Fame Foundation, a nonprofit organization of directors who are business leaders from cities throughout the state, has awarded 19 $10,000 scholarships each year to undergraduate and graduate students focusing on entrepreneurship studies at Texas universities.

The awards were presented at a luncheon in their honor at the Hilton Americas Hotel in Houston.

On the same evening, Davis was presented with an award at a gala among 900 attendees, where he witnessed the induction of five Texas Legends into the Texas Business Hall of Fame.

More information regarding the scholarship program and organization can be found at the organization's website.


Note to editors: A photo of Phillip Davis is available here.


About The Texas Business Hall of Fame Foundation


The Texas Business Hall of Fame Foundation is a nonprofit organization of directors who are business leaders from cities throughout the state. The organization’s mission is to recognize the accomplishments and contributions of Texas business leaders, to perpetuate and inspire the values of entrepreneurial spirit, personal integrity and community leadership in all generations of Texans. This mission is achieved by inducting honorees at an annual dinner, publicizing their accomplishments throughout the state and providing financial support for higher education in Texas. For additional information, contact the TBHF office at 713-993-9433 or visit




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