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New Canon Scholarship recognises Otago Business School students’ excellence

Thursday, 12 March 2015

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Twenty six business school students at the University of Otago today received the inaugural Canon Excellence Award and Scholarship in recognition of academic performance.

The Canon Excellence Award and Scholarship is awarded to the top 25 undergraduate students on the prestigious Dean’s List for the best BCom students in each year. This year 26 students received the award due to the 25th and 26th students scoring equal marks.

Professor George Benwell, Dean of the Otago Business School, welcomed the opportunity the scholarships present to mark the work of the School’s best students.

“We celebrate academic excellence and to be able to recognise the top 26 students this year adds to the prestige of those students’ achievements. Canon’s support and our partnership with them is valued by the School and our students,” he said.

Canon General Manager Business Solutions Craig Williams says Canon has an interest in fostering excellence in business and where better to invest than at the tertiary stage.

“Many of us can recall studying and trying to earn enough to get by at the same time, so receiving a scholarship and recognition of hard work at this point in time is invaluable for many students.

“Canon is proud to be able to partner with the University of Otago Business School to offer a little support and encouragement to those students who are performing at the top of their game,” he says.

The scholarship recipients are:

Mohamed Ayaz
Sam Becroft
Rosa Cross
Emma Dallison
Olive Dippie
Brittany Dixon
Kelly Flett
Angus Fyfe
Rivo Kaidme
Stephanie Knowler
Harriet Lambert
Emma Leahy
Jack Lee
Nathan Lee
Aleisha Lord
Matt Moloney
Liam O'Connor
Hannah Overton
Jamie Pearson
Rhianne Price
Keriana Ruru
Michelle Simmonds
Victoria Smaill
Jake Smith
Anna Turner

Mohamed Ayaz
Mohammed has come to Otago from the Maldives (an island nation in the Indian Ocean–Arabian Sea area). He is studying for a BCom (Economics and Finance), and says he loves working with numbers.

He’s planning to put these skills to good use back in the Maldives, and would like to start his own tourism business.  Mohammed is loving his time at Otago, enthusiastically describing Aquinas College, which he’s staying at for his second year, as by far the best College in New Zealand.  He’s passionate about music, and loves jamming on the guitar and piano. He also paints canvases, and enjoys going to the movies.
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Sam Becroft
Initially Sam didn’t think he’d study finance, now finance papers are his favourite subject – he enjoys the pleasing combination of words and numbers. 

Sam is currently studying law and commerce, and is looking at Accountancy or Finance majors, or both. He’s hoping this will lead to a career in company law, possibly company securities.  He chose to study in Dunedin rather than his home town Wellington because it’s a fantastic student city. Sam, who describes himself as very competitive, is enjoying playing and coaching a range of sports in his spare time.
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Rosa Cross
Rosa is studying Law and completing a BCom (Accounting and Economics).

She loves the study, but in particular has enjoyed understanding accounting and the principles of economics. She’s not sure what that will lead to when she graduates, but is planning towards a career in the business world or corporate law. Rosa comes from Blenheim, but attended boarding school in Christchurch. She loves painting and reading, and enjoys a lot of sport - currently playing basketball, netball and touch rugby, as well as running and skiing. She also loves water sports like kayaking and water skiing.
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Emma Dallison
Emma is combining a BCom (International Business) with a BSc (Human Nutrition).

Emma is currently “having the time of her life” on exchange in Perth and hopes to study at the University of California in the second semester.  She enjoys the more logical, mathematical subjects of her studies, like finance and economics. While she’s still unsure about what she wants to do when she’s finished, Emma’s currently tending towards an executive role that allows her to travel, saying she has discovered how much she cherishes meeting people from all walks of life. Outside of study, she is a self-confessed sportaholic always up for adventure and a challenge, and loves to run, play beach volleyball, ski, and surf. She was born in Christchurch, but has lived in Nelson.
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Olive Dippie
Olive is currently completing a double degree, a BSc and a BCom (Economics and Finance).

The second year student has yet to narrow down her career options, but really enjoys maths, economics and finance, and is hoping for a career that involves economics. She enjoys spending time with friends and her family in Dunedin when she’s not working hard at her studies.
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Brittany Dixon
Brittany is studying for a BCom (Accounting and Economics) at Otago.

She’s enjoying the economics and finance aspect to her studies, particularly microeconomics, and the maths side to both economics and finance. While Brittany’s still unsure about what she would like to do when she is finished her studies, she would love to do something that involves travel and international business.From Christchurch, Brittany’s interests outside of study include music, travel, dancing and keeping fit.
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Kelly Flett

Kelly is presently studying for a BCom (Accountancy and Finance) and has plans to be a Chartered Accountant once she has qualified.

Kelly is hoping that because the Chartered Accountant qualification is internationally recognised, it will give her more options for work overseas. At this stage, she would like to start her career with a large accountancy firm, but has plans to go further afield at some stage. Kelly, who won a scholarship to study at Otago, will be following in the footsteps of her mother, also a Chartered Accountant based in Waitara near New Plymouth. Kelly enjoys netball and staying active when she’s not studying.
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Angus Fyfe
Angus is hoping his commerce studies will lead him into a finance advisory job.

In the meantime he’s busy with his BCom (Finance) with minors in Accounting and Entrepreneurship. He’s also applying for an Otago Business School internship which he hopes will give him valuable work experience. From Auckland, Angus loves the environment of the university and the opportunities in Dunedin. He plays competitive basketball and is playing rugby for the Taieri Colt’s Premier team.
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Rivo Kaidme
Rivo is studying towards a BCom (Finance and Accounting), and has especially enjoyed papers on portfolio management and also statistics.

He’s as yet unclear about work beyond graduating, but would like to work for a financial institution and do a bit of travelling. Originally from Estonia, Rivo has been living in Christchurch now for over half his life. He enjoys spending time with family and friends and travelling, and also admits to the odd game of poker.
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Stephanie Knowler
Stephanie is studying for a degree in Law and a BCom (International Business), with a minor in German, and she is keen to use both sets of skills in a future career.

A third year student, she enjoys the interesting combination of papers, and is currently considering the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or something similar in trade policy as a possible career option. Originally from Invercargill, Stephanie visited Germany as a year 12 secondary school pupil and is keen to go back. When she’s not studying, she enjoys student life and dancing.
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Harriet Lambert
Harriet is presently studying towards a BCom (Accounting and Finance), and is hoping that will lead to work in investment banking. She loves studying finance, especially learning about corporate finance and banking. 

Harriet comes from Hunterville, a small rural town in the lower North Island, and really enjoy sports and exercise. She is a member of the Otago University Squash Club, and has completed a number of half marathons around New Zealand. She also loves to bake, and says she is always making exciting cakes for her flatmates.
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Emma Leahy
Emma started her studies planning to complete a degree in Physical Education, but has had a complete turnaround, and is now in her second year of a BCom.

Emma is enjoying the challenge of combining finance with law papers in her studies, and is now thinking about finance as a career. From Wellington, Emma has always enjoyed playing a variety of sports, and is a keen hockey player now in Dunedin.
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Jack Lee
Jack would like to start his own business, so in between studying for a BCom (Finance and Economics), he’s entered the Audacious Programme 2015 to learn more about what developing a business idea entails.

Jack is currently doing a Diploma for Graduates alongside his BCom. He particularly likes learning about economics and how consumers make decisions that alter outcomes, and enjoys the challenge of finance.  When he’s not studying he enjoys social basketball and badminton, being with friends, and sticks to a regular running schedule to keep healthy.
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Nathan Lee
Nathan is currently studying for a BCom (Accounting and Economics), and is thinking about pursuing honours in Economics or becoming a Chartered Accountant.

He has enjoyed all of accounting and economics papers and is currently appreciating Business Finance, particularly learning about how the government makes decisions on interest rates and spending, and how to calculate bonds.. From Dunedin, Nathan is interested in football and plays a cornet in a brass band.
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Aleisha Lord
Aleisha is completing a double degree in Commerce (Economics), and a BA (French).

She will be finishing her studies at the end of 2016, and is hoping to secure a job that involves working with lots of data – possibly in the banking sector, or with Statistics New Zealand.  The Dunedin student enjoys the broad cross section of knowledge her study path is currently giving her, particularly in understanding world economies and the economics of developed and developing countries. When Aleisha isn’t studying she’s working as a communicator at the Otago Museum.
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Matt Moloney
Matt is making the most of his time at the University of Otago; not only is he completing a BCom (Economics and Finance), he’s also working at the University’s Volunteer Centre.

He’s really enjoying finance, and is thinking a banking or treasury career may be an option at this stage. Matthew, who is from Greytown in the Wairarapa, would also like to go overseas. When he’s not studying, Matthew does a lot of running and has just completed his first marathon. He also works with the Volunteer Centre’s Aspire programme, which offers year eight students from low decile schools in Dunedin the opportunity to come onto campus. He’s enjoying helping the young people to set goals, as well as showing them around the university and taking part in games to give them an introduction to university life.
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Liam O'Connor
Liam is currently considering going into a business advisory role when he graduates, and would like eventually to start his own business.

He studying for a BCom (Economics), with a minor in Physics, and is in his second year. Finance is what really interests him, and he likes that the papers he’s been studying give him a really good and broad understanding of business and finance in the world. Liam, who is from Invercargill, enjoys playing lots of sports and “building stuff” outside of study.
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Hannah Overton
Hannah is currently on an exchange in Belgium. Her BCom studies involve a double major in Economics and International Business with a minor in French. She is also planning to add a minor in Maori Studies as she believe it's becoming increasingly important to have an understanding of Maori culture when working in New Zealand business.

She has really enjoyed all of her economics papers, saying the lecturers are passionate about their subject and make the classes interesting.  Hannah is planning a masters in Economic Development after completing her degrees, and would love to work in that field overseas, potentially through MFAT.  From Christchurch, Hannah is passionate about discovering new places and cultures, and is loving her experience in Belgium. She also enjoys baking for her friends when she’s at home.
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Jamie Pearson
Jamie is hoping to move into investment banking after graduating with a BCom (Finance) and a BSci (Maths) with a minor in Physics.

In his fourth and final year, Jamie has enjoyed all his finance papers, and particularly likes the way maths is applied to real world situations. He’s looking forward to putting that into practice next year.  Jamie is from Invercargill, and says sports are his main interests outside of study, including squash, soccer, and hockey.
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Rhianne Price
Rhianne is currently studying for a BCom (Finance and Economics), and is planning to head off overseas when she graduates.

She’s surprised herself by really enjoying 100 level maths, as she didn't like maths at school. She finds it so satisfying to get to the end of a challenging problem, and see that all of what started out as messy workings fits together perfectly into the correct answer.  From Wellington, Rhianne has found Otago a great place to study because of the strong student culture. She’s also enjoying the city itself - the heritage buildings, the Botanic Gardens, beautiful beaches, and having everything so close by. She loves family, friends and travelling.
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Keriana Ruru
Keriana is planning professional studies next year to become a Chartered Accountant. Keriana is currently completing a double degree; a BCom (Accounting) with a minor in Economics, and a BAppSc (Environmental Management).

She enjoys the combination of different disciplines, combining physical geography and environmental economics with accounting to broaden her knowledge and outlook.  Originally from Thames, she also loves getting into the outdoors when she’s not studying, tramping and mountain biking, and playing sport.
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Michelle Simmonds
Michelle is loving everything about being in Dunedin, and she’s also developing a taste for marketing.

Shifting to the University from Whangarei has been a good choice for the second year commerce student. She’s found Otago has a much less intimidating environment, yet there is a real work-hard ethic amongst her peers.  Michelle is studying for a BCom (Marketing), with a minor in Finance and a BA (Psychology). She loves learning about the behaviour side of marketing, and is keen to work in the business world utilising her marketing skills.  Michelle enjoys keeping fit when she’s not studying.
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Victoria Smaill
Victoria is interested in company law as a career, at this stage.  In her second year, Victoria is currently styling for a double degree in law and a BCom (Accounting). She’s really enjoying accountancy and finance papers, which is driving her current career direction towards the corporate world.

Victoria came to Dunedin from Wellington because she wanted a change of city, and loves student life on campus. She loves sport, swimming competitively for Wellington and enjoys waterpolo.
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Jake Smith
Jake Smith has plans to become a Chartered Accountant when he graduates.  A friend’s father sparked his interest in accountancy, showing him around his firm while Jake was still at school, so he planned his BCom accordingly.

Now in his second year he hasn’t looked back, enjoying accountancy studies and all of his other core papers so far.  Jake is from Havelock North, and loves the closed campus lifestyle the University of Otago offers. He plays sport in his spare time, and loves soccer and futsal.
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Anna Turner
Anna Turner is hoping her studies in accounting and finance will give her the qualifications she needs to work overseas when she graduates. She is studying for a BCom (Accounting) and with a minor in Finance, and enjoys the challenges of both, particularly the accounting skills and knowledge she’s acquiring.  Anna also plays hockey, and enjoys riding her horse when back home in Lincoln.
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Further information:

Claire Ramsay
Otago Business School
Claire.ramsay@otago.ac.nz
Ph: 021 331 240

Rachel Honey
Canon
rachel.honey@canon.co.nz
Ph: 09 926 9352

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