Allan and Barbara Soshnik Memorial Scholarship

The Allan and Barbara Soshnik Memorial Scholarship is awarded to outstanding undergraduate students in economics. Recipients of the scholarship are juniors and seniors who have demonstrated excellence in their studies of economics and who have maintained a high-level of academic performance. The scholarship honors Allan and Barbara Soshnik, who died in 1980.

As a student, Allan Soshnik attended the University of Missouri-Columbia where he majored in economics. During his senior year he entered the Air National Guard and was required to fulfill his active duty requirements during the winter and spring of 1970. He completed his graduation requirements by means of correspondence courses, was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and received his A.B. degree with honors in the summer of 1970.

Mr. Soshnik was active in many school functions at the University of Missouri. He was president of the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity, worked at the campus radio station, and was listed as a University Scholar.

During his years in Columbia, he met Barbara (Bobbie) Pearlman, who attended Stephens College for two years and then the University of Missouri. Upon his graduation they were married, and both then continued study at Indiana University. In 1972, Mr. Soshnik received his M.B.A. and Mrs. Soshnik received her bachelor's degree from Indiana University.

In the summer of 1972, the Soshniks moved to Omaha, Nebraska where Mr. Soshnik began his career with Touche Ross; he had passed the CPA examination in the spring of 1972. In 1978, Mr. Soshnik was transferred by Touche Ross to Atlanta, and he was named a partner shortly thereafter.

Following a business trip to California for Touche Ross, the Soshniks died tragically on November 21, 1980 in the M.G.M. Grand Hotel Fire in Las Vegas.

The couple was survived by their two sons, Gregory and M. Bradley, who were seven years and three years of age, respectively, when their parents died, and Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Soshnik of Omaha, Nebraska, and Mr. and Mrs. William Pearlman of Valdosta, Georgia.

In 1983, gifts from the couple's numerous friends, including Bert and Laurie Schweizer, and several of the organizations to which Mr. Soshnik belonged as a student, were used to establish a scholarship fund in their memory.

Past Recipients

2017-2018 Thomas Geisinger
2016-2017

Nate Henry

2015-2016

Meihui Zhang

2014-2015

Ru Jia

2013-2014

Charles Dent

2012-2013

Kai Cheng

 

James C. Kelly

 

Brett D. Nardoni

 

Luke R. Pauley

2011-2012

John P. Chapman

2010-2011

Shaina R. Cavazos

2009-2010

Thomas C. Wuennenberg

2007-2008

Ian Smith

2006-2007

Andrew Shepler

2005-2006

Brian J. Koechner

2004-2005

Brian J. Koechner

2003-2004

Nancy M. Spudich

2002-2003

David Dicks