UNIVERSITY STUDENTS RECEIVE FRANK H. SOBEY AWARDS
$60,000 awarded for Excellence in Business Studies
HALIFAX, NS – Six business students studying at Atlantic Canadian universities were honoured today with the 2008 Frank H. Sobey Awards for Excellence in Business Studies during a special business luncheon hosted by members of the Board of Directors, and executives of Empire Company and its subsidiaries, Sobeys Inc. and Crombie REIT, along with Board members of the Frank H. Sobey Awards.
Each recipient received a cheque for $10,000 from David F. Sobey at the presentation ceremony held today at the Halifax Club – Deans of Business from each of the respective universities accompanied the students attending today’s event.
“Today’s awards presentation to recipients of the Frank H. Sobey Awards for Excellence in Business Studies offers these talented students a unique opportunity to meet personally with the Board of Directors, and executives of Empire Company, Sobeys and Crombie REIT,” said David F. Sobey, Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Frank H. Sobey Awards for Excellence in Business Studies.
“We are especially proud that through these awards, we can help foster an entrepreneurial spirit and build a close relationship between the business and academic communities. I extend best wishes for success to each of our six 2008 Award recipients as they pursue their goals and careers in business.”
The six recipients are:
Lynn MacKinnon, a native of Hampton, NB, is a third-year Bachelor of Business Administration student at the University of New Brunswick. She is a Bachelor of Business Administration Peer Mentor, a member of the UNB Business Society, and an active volunteer both on and off campus. Lynn will be studying abroad in 2008 as part of the UNB Study Abroad Program at UmeaUniversity in Sweden.
Alison Starratt of Halifax, NS, is a fourth-year Bachelor of Commerce student at MountAllisonUniversity. She is president of the Commerce Society, a member of the President’s Budget Advisory committee, and a math statistics teaching assistant. Alison also manages a local restaurant and has worked with a local communications firm. She is interested in pursuing a career in either marketing or international business.
Jessica Wise, a native of Halifax, NS, is a third-year Master of Business Administration/Master of Health Administration student at DalhousieUniversity and is a member of the Dalhousie MBA Society Executive. She is also an active volunteer who recently participated in an event that raised $15,000 for breast cancer research. Jessica is part owner of a small business called Atlantic Business Consultants Ltd., and since purchasing the company with her partners, profit has increased 300 per cent.
Charlene McDonald of Glace Bay, NS, is a fourth-year Bachelor of Commerce student at Saint Mary’s University. She has shared her skills and learning with fellow students as a workshop coordinator for the Management Department at the university. After graduation, Charlene plans to complete the Chartered Accountants program and has been offered a position with a local accounting firm.
Blaire-Lindsay Cooke of Sydney, NS, is a third-year Bachelor of Business Administration student at CapeBretonUniversity and is pursuing a degree in accounting and finance. An active volunteer, she was exposed to business entrepreneurship at an early age, and plans to continue her career on Cape Breton Island after graduation.
Matthew Cassidy, a native of Charlottetown, PEI, is a second-year Bachelor of Business Administration student at the University of Prince Edward Island. He is a former member of the UPEI Business Society Executive and is a member of the UPEI Intramural Hockey Club. In his first year of business studies, Matthew was recognized for achieving the highest grade standing. He looks forward to completing the Chartered Accountants program after graduation.
In addition to the Award recipients, three runners up will receive a $1,000 prize – the recipients include:
Katie Kennedy – MemorialUniversity, St. John’s, N.L.
Dominic Daemen – St.FrancisXavierUniversity, Antigonish, N.S.
Céline Poitras – Université de Moncton, Moncton, N.B.
About the Frank H. Sobey Awards for Excellence in Business Studies
Each year, the Frank H. Sobey Awards for Excellence in Business Studies presents six awards of $10,000 each. All full-time business students attending Atlantic universities are eligible for consideration. Deans of Business at each university are asked to nominate candidates – based on academic standing, entrepreneurial interest, extracurricular and community activities, employment history and career aspirations.
Since establishment of the Frank H. Sobey Awards for Excellence in Business Studies in 1989, more than $650,000 has been awarded to business students in the four Atlantic provinces. Since inception, every university in the region which offers a business program has had more than one recipient of a Frank H. Sobey Award.
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