Cory Sims, a finance and real estate major in the College of Business, has been selected as the recipient of this year’s Carl H. Lindner Scholarship.
Born in Cincinnati and raised in Huntington, WV, Cory returned to Cincinnati in 2006 to fulfill his dream of attending UC.
Cory, Heather, Marlene and Gary Sims enjoyed the Bearcats' trip to the FedEx Orange Bowl.
“I have always loved Cincinnati and have always been passionate to come back here. I consider this ‘home’ because all my family is here,” Cory says. “Both my Mom and Dad’s families lived in Cincinnati and we came back to visit at least once a month when we were growing up for various family functions,”
Cory is the son of Gary and Marlene Sims and has one sister, Heather. Their trips back to Cincinnati included visits to Kings Island, Reds, Bengals games — and the Bearcats, of course.
“I think I thrive off the culture of Cincinnati,” Cory says. “I absolutely love it and it is something that I feel only those that have been to Cincinnati can appreciate. The church festivals, the German Heritage, Opening Day, the native food and beverages — it creates a very unique culture. To put it in perspective, every trip we made, we always made sure to get our fix of Skyline and LaRosa’s, as well as stocked up on Humbert’s meats and Servatii’s pastries.”
Cory graduated from Huntington High School, where he served as student body vice president, was active in the National Honor Society and played golf and varsity soccer.
Suited up for business: Cory says his finance major chose him. (Photo by Lisa Ventre.)
So far at UC, Cory has earned a cumulative 3.93 GPA at UC and has been on the Dean’s List each quarter. He is a Marvin P. Kolodzik Business Scholar and a University Honors Scholar, and he has worked as a teaching assistant for the College of Business. He is also a member of the Delta Sigma Pi Professional Fraternity and president of the Club Golf Team.
Outside of class, Cory dedicates the majority of his time to the UC men’s basketball team. For four years, he has worked with the team as head student manager, assisting in team practices, game operations and video exchange. As part of his involvement with the team, Cory has assisted Coach Cronin in his goal to restore the program to national prominence.
Cory is currently co-oping with Johnson Investment Counsel, Inc., and is scheduled to study abroad in Rome this summer. After graduation, he plans to earn his CFA and CFP and pursue a career in personal finance.
“I think my major chose me more than I chose it,” says Cory. “I have always had such incredible enthusiasm about finance.”
Cory was always teased by his family when he was young because he kept every dollar he ever made. In fact, they always told the story that he could go on vacation, do everything he wanted to do, and somehow come home with more money.
“I think it is extremely important for people to be responsible with their money and to set financial goals,” Cory adds. “I was drawn to personal finance because I want to help others get the most out of their wealth so not only can they live a better life, but they can also give back so others can do the same.”
Cory made snow cones as a volunteer at Relay for Life.
That attitude of giving back to others pervades Cory’s life. During the summer, he serves as a mentor for children taking part in the Mick Cronin Basketball Camps. He also serves as a volunteer teaching consultant for Junior Achievement and is a member of St. Monica–St. George Parish.
“I don’t really think it matters if you are the ‘low man’ or a top executive, we all have gifts that we can use to impact others and the work we do,” Cory explains. “I hope to stay in Cincinnati once I graduate and I plan on staying connected with Junior Achievement. This is a wonderful opportunity to give back to the community and teach the younger generation fundamental business concepts.”
Cory would love it if his business career and passion for basketball could be intertwined.
“I haven’t exactly mapped out how this is going to happen, but I do hope to stay close to the wonderful people I have had the pleasure of interacting with while I have worked for the men’s basketball team,” he says. “I would love to be able to coach young players in grade school or high school once I graduate. If the opportunity is right, I wouldn’t hesitate for a second.”
Being a student manager calls for sacrifice, like travelling with the team.
Besides the sport itself, Cory also exudes enthusiasm for the people behind UC Bearcat basketball.
“The basketball team, staff and coaches have really become an extended family to me,” he says. “We spend so much time together you start to have a bond and when I look back over all the hours I have put in the past four years, they would have been unbearable if I wasn’t surrounded by such a good group of guys.”
“On the other side of the coin, the College of Business has allowed me to make some professional relationships and friendships that I look forward to having the rest of my life. Dr. Sharon McFarland, Scott Gregory and Jenn Wiswell and other members of the dedicated staff do so much for the students in the College of Business that often goes unnoticed. They are consistently fighting so that we can have the best resources and best experience while we are at UC. It is this attitude that sets the UC CoB apart.”
Ever wonder what all those guys in suits are doing on the court? Now you can look for Cory.
Cory is very appreciative of all those who have enabled him to pursue his dreams of studying at UC, especially people like Carl Lindner and Marvin Kolodzik, noting that their generosity continues to give students opportunities that they may not have had otherwise.
“Mr. Kolodzik’s generosity allowed me to attend UC and I hope one day I am able to make that same impact on someone’s life,” he says. “I would love to have a Sims Scholar program in the future at UC. It even has a nice ring to it!”
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