The Key to Everything

Winner of the Delta Sigma Pi Scholarship Key for highest Marshall GPA, Maddi Sampson '17 is on the job.

May 12, 2017

Madeleine “Maddi” Sampson is the kind of millennial that puts the worried minds of more mature adults to rest. She’s articulate, well-dressed, friendly, calm, and genuine. The message she sends without trying is: Don’t worry. I’ve got this.

And how.

Sampson maintained a 4.0 GPA while minoring in mathematical finance and getting involved in a wide range of extracurricular activities, including Marshall Business Student Government and Alpha Phi. And as if that weren’t time-consuming enough, she took on leadership roles with the USC Equestrian Team, helping it win regional championships all four years.

Her efforts were recognized and rewarded on Commencement Day. As a proud recipient of the Emma Josephine Bradley Bovard Award, Sampson represents Marshall as one of the top 10 women graduating from USC. At the Marshall undergraduate Ceremony May 12, she was presented with the Delta Sigma Pi scholarship key by Marshall Dean James G. Ellis, honoring her for being the business student with the highest GPA.  For her exemplary dedication to leadership and community service, she will also graduate with the Order of the Torch.

Maintaining Links

Marshall’s Global Leadership Program made a big impact and launched other opportunities. That year-long course, which brings together the top incoming freshmen to study international business, took her to Shanghai, where she landed a summer internship. The following year, she mentored five GLP students. “I maintained connections with my fellow GLP students,” Sampson said. “That camaraderie was really meaningful.”

One of the most important things she learned at Marshall, Sampson said, was how to work as a team and communicate with people with different points of view through group projects and case studies. “Team projects can be challenging, but the fact that we had that experience to work out those issues and conflicts with our classmates before we come across them in the real world is very valuable.”

After graduation, Sampson will start as a commercial real estate analyst at AIG in its Global Real Estate group, a role for which her education and four internships have prepared her well. “I want to be in a job where I am going to learn a ton, so that knowledge will set me up for the future. I want to travel and work in different cities, but eventually I’d like to end up back home, in West Vancouver, British Columbia.”