'Scholarships help students'

Business faculty hands out $170,000 to top students


June 14, 2013

Scholarship Reception 2013

Gregory Keats receives the PMI NL Chapter Jamie Morry
Memorial Scholarship from Addison Kelland, representing the
Newfoundland and Labrador chapter of the Project
Management Institute. Gregory was also awarded
the Kevin Hawco Memorial Scholarship.

Nearly $170,000 in awards and scholarships was handed out to business students by the Faculty of Business Administration recently.

This year, 118 deserving business students were recognized for their academic success and community involvement at the 2013 Awards & Scholarships Reception on June 7 in the RBC atrium.

"I wholeheartedly think that the impact that a scholarship has on the day-to-day life of a student goes beyond the alleviation of financial worries, which is considerable, there is no doubt about that" said Phillip Piercey, a 2013 master of business administration (MBA) graduate and recipient of the W.F. Morneau Scholarship and the Fry Family Foundation MBA Leadership Scholarship, as he extended thanks to the donors on behalf of all scholarship and award recipients.

"Scholarships help students - gives them the boost of confidence that they need to take on something new, gives them the added vote of confidence when they go on to start their careers, and allows them to complete their degree without interruption or delay. These are significant impacts on a student's life," said Mr. Piercey.

Dr. Wilfred Zerbe, dean of the Faculty of Business Administration, opened the ceremony, which commemorates the achievements of students from graduate and undergraduate business programs at Memorial University .

"This event is an opportunity for us to recognize our students for their tremendous accomplishments academically and also in the community," said Dr. Zerbe. "To today's winners, your work and dedication does not go unrecognized or unrewarded and I offer you my congratulations."

Dr. Zerbe also thanked the donors for their generosity, which makes the awards and scholarships program possible.

"I also want to recognize the support of individuals and businesses who contribute to our success and support our students. We at the Faculty of Business Administration are privileged to have dedicated supporters among our alumni and within the business community."

Mr. Ray Smallwood, first vice-president of CIBC Wood Gundy in St. John's, spoke on behalf of the scholarship and award donors and expressed his pleasure in supporting students as they work to attain their educational goals.

"By investing in scholarships I believe that we are also investing in knowledge, in education and generating the young people of our province ... From a corporate perspective this is very important for all of us as it helps to create and foster a sustainable business environment for the citizens of this province."

For more information on the awards and scholarships awarded through the Faculty of Business Administration at Memorial University, please click here .

Susan White-MacPherson