FBE Donor and Corporate Prize and Scholarship Recognition Night

By Allison Blahna

Students and corporate donors came together to celebrate academic excellence at a special event in the Spot.

Donors and corporate partners recently gathered in the Dean’s Boardroom to celebrate some of the most outstanding students in the Faculty of Business and Economics. Donors and corporate representatives presented their sponsored subject prizes to the 2015 recipients.

‘I would like to thank the donor for this scholarship because it encouraged me to complete my research,’ wrote Edwin Chan, an Honours student and recipient of the Geoffrey Blainey Scholarship for Honours in Economic History. He had a chance to deliver that message in person to Dr John Leaper and Mrs Jenny Leaper, who established the scholarship.

Leapers with Chan
John and Jenny Leaper with Edwin Chan

The Faculty values the opportunity to bring donors, industry partners and students together in this way. It is an occasion to recognise the direct impact of donor support on students poised to be global leaders in their fields.

Dr and Mrs Leaper support three prizes and enjoy learning about initiatives at the Faculty and the University. ‘We think anybody who is lucky enough to attend the University of Melbourne has a great opportunity to contribute to a better world.’

While bringing together donors and prize recipients is an important part of the evening, it is also a chance for the Faculty to extend its gratitude to those who make these awards possible.

As the Dean, Professor Paul Kofman, said in his opening remarks, ‘I am humbled by the support of our donors and industry partners.’

Thanks to their belief in the transformative power of education, over 350 students in 2015 were involved in our scholarships and prizes program in recognition of academic excellence, opportunity, and community involvement. If you would like to support FBE students and join our community of donors, consider making a gift to the 2016 University Annual Appeal.

Photos of the evening are available here.