Graduates of the Last Decade Award
The Graduates of the Last Decade (G.O.L.D) Award recognizes Rawls College alumni who graduated during the last decade. Honorees have made significant contributions to their community, their profession or Rawls College through early-career roles, leadership and/or volunteer service. They are committed to improving Rawls College and serve as an example of how to transition into business careers after graduation.
Mark & Sarah Smith
President, Institutional Clients Group, Citi
Manager, Financial Accounting Advisory Services group, Embark
MA, Accounting, MBA, Millsaps College, 2016
Mark is a proud Rawls College graduate from the spring class of 2014. He chose to attend Texas Tech after graduating from Smithson Valley High School in Bulverde, Texas, a decision he describes as the best decision in his life up to that point. While at Texas Tech, Mark was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity, serving as scholarship chairman, as well as a member of the Finance Association
Sarah attended Millsaps College, graduating in 2015 with a BBA in Accounting, then earning both her MAcc & MBA in 2016. While not a Rawls alumna herself, she recognized its importance to Mark and in 2019, surprised Mark with the groundwork for what would become the Mark A. Smith Opportunity Fund scholarship. The fund was officially established just weeks later. This was a special milestone for Mark. He would not have been able to attend college without the generosity of private scholarship donors. In every thank you letter, he promised each donor that their investment in him would pay dividends to future generations. In 2021, the Mark A. Smith Opportunity Fund scholarship became the Mark and Sarah Smith Opportunity Fund endowment, fulfilling Mark's promises.