FEI Awards Scholarship to Menlo College Student Bret Tretten

Financial Executives International- Silicon Valley Chapter (FEI) is a financial organization for CFOs and senior financial executives with more than 10,000 members in the US and 400+ in their chapter.

FEI has many programs for the professional development of Bay Area business. One of FEI’s outstanding community service projects is a scholarship program that honors approximately a dozen outstanding accounting students from Bay Area universities and colleges.

The awards are made to finance or accounting students as they enter their senior year. The awards are based on the leadership, experience, and academic success of nominees at selected schools including San Jose State University, Santa Clara University, University of California, Berkeley, California State University, East Bay. “The addition of Menlo to our list reflects its prominence as a business school in Silicon Valley and it is also in recognition of your trustee and our long time member Harry S. Kellogg, Vice Chairman of Silicon Valley Bank,” said Bob Farkas, First Vice President, FEI, Silicon Valley Chapter. Harry S. Kellogg graduated from Menlo College in 1963.

Each year, four junior nominees proposed by Menlo College faculty make a presentation to an FEI panel, which selects the winner. In 2014, the winner was current Menlo College senior Jacob Fohn. The 2015 winner of the second annual Harry Kellogg FEI Silicon Valley Scholarship is Bret Tretten.

“It is an honor to have been selected for the Harry Kellogg FEI Silicon Valley Scholarship,” said Bret. “I look forward to pursuing a successful career in finance, and this generous gift will facilitate me in attaining these future goals. I extend my deepest gratitude to the Financial Executives International Silicon Valley Chapter for their generosity and acknowledgment.” In June, Bret will intern at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co in their Risk Placement Services Department. He will graduate from Menlo College with a degree in finance in December 2015.

“Our association with FEI has been a wonderful opportunity for the accounting and finance departments at Menlo College,” said Dr. Soumendra De, Menlo College Finance Professor and a member of FEI. We hope to extend our collaboration with FEI beyond the scholarship program with advisory positions that will strengthen our students’ expertise as they embark on their careers.”