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Trojans selected to compete in 2nd Annual Moguls in the Making Competition

Published date: January 30, 2020

Five outstanding Virginia State University (VSU) students were recently selected to represent the University for the second year for the Moguls in the Making competition scheduled for April 24 through April 27, 2020, in Detroit, Michigan. The competition is organized by the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), Ally Financial, and the Sean Anderson Foundation. Ultimately, only 10 universities were selected from all of the TMCFs 47-member institutions to compete.


Moguls in the Making provides participating students with an opportunity to develop and pitch business solutions for the city of Detroit. The program also includes financial literacy training and mentoring from representatives of Ally Financial and Big Sean of the Sean Anderson Foundation. Each of the members of the winning team is guaranteed an internship at Ally Financial for summer 2020.  Other scholarships and prizes will be awarded. 

The VSU team is comprised of five students. Cyrus Jones is a senior accounting major from Virginia Beach, Virginia. He is also a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and the president of the National Association of Black Accountants. Victor Towns is a sophomore political science major from Pasadena, California. Symphoni Bush is a senior computer science major from Waldorf, Maryland. Catera Ruth is a junior, management information systems major, from Chesapeake, Virginia. Currently, she is the junior class president. And finally, Javion Jones-LaChapelle is a junior computer science major from Waldorf, Maryland. The team will again be coached by Aurelia Donald, Ph.D., assistant professor of computer information systems in the Reginald F. Lewis College of Business.

The VSU Moguls team is extremely proud to represent the University at the upcoming competition as one of only a few institutions selected to attend in both years of the program.

“This is a great opportunity for our students,” said Daniel Roberts, Ph.D., the director of the VSU Honors program. “Not only have they earned an opportunity to represent the University in a high speed case study competition but they also have the opportunity to grow and learn from the sponsors of the competition, Thurgood Marshall College Fund and Ally Financial, and the Sean Anderson Foundation.”

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