Business faculty hands out $200,000 to deserving students

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Andrew Benteau, second from left, and Danny Mills,
on the right, received scholarships from Newfoundland
and Labrador Hydro Corporation, represented by
Megan Greenslade, far left, and Aimee Igloliorte.

June 9, 2014

Memorial’s business faculty handed out $200,000 in awards, bursaries and scholarships to deserving business students recently.

That amount – an increase of $30,000 over last year – was provided to 126 students in recognition of their academic success and community involvement at an event that brought together donors, faculty members and students at the RBC Atrium on June 6.

"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.

“Awards and scholarships allow students to focus on their studies rather than on part-time jobs or the stress of funding their education,” added Dr. Zerbe. “It lessens their debt burden when they graduate, and it provides an incentive for current students to maintain a high academic standard. In short, the people in this room – teachers, support staff, students, alumni and members of the business community – are all working together to ensure the future prosperity of this province by supporting the success and education of our students.”

Krista Lewis, a first-year master of business administration student and recipient of the Peter Gardiner Award for International Study, said at the event that this scholarship will help her participate in an international exchange in New Zealand this September.

“Whether you’ve helped make an international exchange possible or support a student’s MBA career, you’ve made a difference, perhaps bigger than you realize,” she said. “Education and international experiences are some of the best gifts one can give – gifts that move others, build a sense of community, and elevate the world from mediocrity to greatness. You have all inspired me and I look forward to the day when I can pay it forward and give back to future students and world travellers.”

Eleanor Swanson, founder of the Greg Campbell Memorial Business Award and Greg Campbell Memorial Business Scholarship, gave remarks on behalf of donors at the event.

“My late husband, Greg Campbell, was a proud MUN business student, very involved in the life of the university. He died suddenly in 2000 and I wanted to preserve his memory,” said Ms. Swanson. “I thought of this scholarship fund as Greg was a great supporter of young people and believed strongly in the importance of education. He would see this as a great investment in the future, a way of paying forward.”

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

Susan White-MacPherson