(If you or your company would like to sponsor a scholarship for a student, this would be much appreciated. Please contact us for further details.)

Awards

Our "Partnering for Compliance Mentor of Excellence Awards" for volunteers are a highlight of our training and education program. Our first 'Mentor of Excellence Award' is granted annually to an employee of any company who undertakes to mentor a small-to-medium business (SMB) throughout the year in export/import control regulations. This award recognizes the important role of mentoring and partnering between the larger corporations and our SMBs to ensure that our SMBs - the backbone of our economy - remain compliant, vibrant and successful. We strongly encourage robust participation in this voluntary program as a means of strengthening our global market share for our exporters.

Our second 'Mentor of Excellence Award' is granted to an employee of any company for outstanding 'in-house' mentoring of employees that ensures corporate-wide understanding of U.S. export/import control regulations. Collaborative training and communication skills will be major factors in this award.

If you are aware of such any such mentors, or indeed if you are a mentor, who will be attending our annual "Partnering for Compliance" training and education program, we would like to hear from you with the following details:

(1) Your full name (as the Nominator), company's name, your title in the company, address, email address and telephone number; (2) The full name of the Nominee, company's name, the Nominee's title in the company, address, email address and telephone number; and (3) A brief description of the mentoring carried out by the Nominee during the year.

For the SMB 'Mentor of Excellence Award', please include details of the SMB that has been mentored. The Nominator, the Mentor and the Mentee(s) will be recognized at the conference. The winning Mentors must be present at our "Partnering for Compliance" program in order that the awards can be presented. Nominations must be received at least seven (7) days prior to the conference. Unfortunately, nominations received after that time cannot be considered.

A panel of independent judges, to include a government representative, will decide who receives these awards. The judging criteria will be based on the level of mentoring that has taken place over the year to include time spent mentoring, the success of the business(es) mentored and, in the case of the SMB award, appreciation shown by the mentee(s). The judges' decision will be final in all cases. The mentee(s) for the SMB "Mentor of Excellence Award" must at all times show and have consideration for the mentor's time and efforts. Your partnering and mentoring efforts are enormously helpful in encouraging and enhancing our national security and our economic growth. We deeply appreciate the ongoing partnering by all mentors, particularly given the current stressful work environment.


Scholarships

We are most grateful to the University of Central Florida for their continuing to partner with us on our "Partnering for Compliance" East Coast training and education program. We will grant four scholarships annually to full-time graduate students who are studying International Business or Law at the University of Central Florida to attend our "Partnering for Compliance" East Coast program. Similarly, we will grant four scholarships to students at the San Jose State University to attend our "Partnering for Compliance" West Coast training and education program. All students will be chosen by the Business and Law Departments at both Universities. The criteria used in choosing the students and the decision of the Departments shall be final in all cases.


One of these four scholarships will be awarded to honor the memory of the late Gerard Alexander Monk, son of C. Harvey Monk, Jr. (retired Associate Director for Economic Programs, U.S. Census Bureau) and Barbara Monk. This scholarship, which is known as "The Gerard Alexander Monk Memorial Scholarship", will be awarded every year at both our East and West Coast "Partnering for Compliance" programs to honor Gerard and his parents.


Recipients of the "Gerard Alexander Monk Memorial Scholarship" award are:

Cindy Rojas
Cindy Rojas
Kiesha Downs, Branch Chief, Trade Regulations Branch, U.S. Census Bureau, presented our Gerard Alexander Memorial Scholarship to Cindy Rojas, University of Central Florida at our "Partnering for Compliance" East 2017.
Taylor Tennison
Taylor Tennison
Assistant Secretary of Commerce, David W. Mills and Dale C. Kelly, Chief, International Trade Management Division, U.S. Census Bureau presented our Gerard Alexander Monk Memorial Scholarship to Taylor Tennison, SMU Dedman School of Law at our "Partnering for Compliance" West 2016.
Jonathan Turnquest
Jonathan Turnquest
Mr. Sean Kline, Supervisor, Trade Regulations Branch, International Trade Management Division, U.S. Census Bureau presented our Gerard Alexander Monk Memorial Scholarship to Mr. Jonathan Turnquest, a student at the University of Central Florida, at our "Partnering for Compliance" East Coast 2016.
Bradley Evans
Bradley Evans
Mr. Sean Kline, Supervisor, Trade Regulations Branch, International Trade Management Division, U.S. Census Bureau presented our Gerard Alexander Monk Memorial Scholarship to Mr. Bradley Evans, a student at University of California-Riverside, at our "Partnering for Compliance" West Coast 2015.
Christopher Faulkener
Christopher Faulkener
Ms Dale C. Kelly and Mr. Omari Wooden, Chief & Assistant Division Chief (respectively), Trade Outreach and Regulations, International Trade Management Division, U.S. Census Bureau presented our Gerard Alexander Monk Memorial Scholarship to Mr. Christopher Faulkener, a student at UCF, at our "Partnering for Compliance" East Coast 2015.
Danielle Marcucci
Danielle Marcucci
Mr. Joe A. Cortez, International Trade Ombudsman, Foreign Trade Division, U.S. Census Bureau presented our Gerard Alexander Monk Memorial Scholarship to Ms Danielle Marcucci, a student at UCLA, at our "Partnering for Compliance" West Coast 2014.
Amanda Sayre
Amanda Sayre
Mr. Joe Cortez, Chief, Regulations, Outreach and Education Branch, U.S. Census Bureau presented our Gerard Alexander Monk Memorial Scholarship to Ms Amanda Sayre at our "Partnering for Compliance" West Coast 2013.
Ms Joyce A. Boeringer
Ms Joyce A. Boeringer
Mr. Joe Cortez, Chief, Regulations, Outreach and Education Branch, U.S. Census Bureau presented our Gerard Alexander Monk Memorial Scholarship to Ms Joyce A. Boeringer at our "Partnering for Compliance" East Coast 2013.
Aung Oo
Aung Oo
We were honored that The Honorable David Mills, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Enforcement and Mr. Joe Cortez, Chief, Regulations, Outreach and Education Branch, U.S. Census Bureau presented our Gerard Alexander Monk Memorial Scholarship to Mr. Aung Oo at our "Partnering for Compliance" West Coast 2012.
Kenneth Klose
Kenneth Klose
and our "Partnering for Compliance" East Coast 2012 recipient was Mr. Kenneth Klose whose presentation was also made by Mr. Cortez.
Thomas Reynolds
Thomas Reynolds
"Partnering for Compliance" West Coast 2011 recipient was Mr. Thomas Reynolds, presentation made by Mr. Joe A. Cortez, Chief, Regulations, Outreach and Education Branch, U.S. Census Bureau.
Cody Swain
Cody Swain
Mr. Cody Swain received the scholarship at our "Partnering for Compliance" East Coast 2011 program. (Mr. Swain's scholarship was presented to him by the Honorable David W. Mills, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Enforcement, Mr. Joe A. Cortez, Chief of Regulations, Outreach and Education Branch, and Mr. Omari S. Wooden, FTD Trade Ombudsman, U.S. Census Bureau).
Caleb Alford
Caleb Alford
Mr. Caleb Alford received the same scholarship at our "Partnering for Compliance" East Coast 2010 program. (Mr. Alford's photo includes Ms Dale Dickerson Kelly, Assistant Division Chief, Data Collections, Foreign Trade Division, U.S. Census Bureau, who very kindly made the presentation).
Grace Ledfors
Grace Ledfors
Ms Grace Ledfors received the inaugural "Gerard Alexander Monk Memorial Scholarship" at our "Partnering for Compliance" West Coast 2009 program.

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