Capella University PhD Student Receives One of Maryland's Top Minority Business Enterprise Awards

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Deborah Stroman, a PhD student at the online university, honored for her work in founding Soulful Golf, Inc.

Deborah Stroman, a PhD student at Capella University (, an accredited online university, has received one of Maryland's Top Minority Business Enterprise Awards for Soulful Golf, Inc. (, a golf event planning company she co-founded in 2001. The award is presented by Maryland's Governor's Office of Minority Affairs (GOMA) for outstanding achievement in business development, client satisfaction, professional affiliations and community involvement. Nearly 800 applicants from throughout Maryland applied for the award this year.

Stroman is earning a PhD in organization and management through Capella's School of Business and Technology. Capella serves more than 16,000 students, and more than 120 companies -- such as Boeing, Johnson & Johnson, Farmers Insurance and Xerox -- have selected Capella as an education provider and offer tuition discounts and reimbursement for their employees.

Soulful Golf promotes programs that increase the presence of minorities and women in the sport of golf. It provides new, occasional and avid golfers with the opportunity to participate in events such as instructional clinics, outings, as well as competition through local, regional and national tournaments. The organization works with more than 100 golf events each year.

"Most business leaders know the importance of playing golf. Our focus allows people to connect with the game in an informal and fun way," Stroman says.

About Capella University

Founded in 1993, Capella University is an accredited* online university that offers graduate degree programs in business, information technology, education, human services and psychology, and bachelor's degree programs in business and information technology. Within those areas, Capella offers 76 graduate and undergraduate specializations and 16 certificate specializations. The online university currently serves 16,000 students from all 50 states and 63 countries. It is committed to providing high-caliber academic excellence and pursuing balanced business growth. Capella University is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Capella Education Company, headquartered in Minneapolis. For more information, please visit or call 1-888-CAPELLA (227-3552).

*Capella University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, located at 30 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504, (312) 263-0456,


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