First class students awarded at Australian School of Business Awards Ceremony

Monday, 11 June 2012  Features

A highlight of the School's calendar, the annual Australian School of Business Awards ceremony recognises top performing students from the School's 13,000 strong student body. On 6 June 2012, outstanding undergraduate and postgraduate students received scholarships and prizes funded by generous individual donors (including Australian School of Business alumni) as well as key sponsors and major employers of the School's graduates.

These scholarships and prizes award academic excellence and ensure talented students reach their full potential.

Australian School of Business Dean, Professor Alec Cameron said the prestigious event "is one of the joys of my role - to celebrate student success and achievement in this way."

Distinguished speaker, Tony Abrahams, BCom '97 and ASB Alumni Leader, spoke about his business AI media which provides captioning and educational services for people with hearing impairments. Tony shared a moving personal story with students about how the aftermath of a plane crash he experienced in 1999 reset his life and challenged his thinking - to the benefit of his career and business.

"In hindsight, the plane crash was the best thing that ever happened to me. A near-death experience changes your priorities and focus and I'm now much better at knowing my limitations and asking for, and receiving help. I understand that there's things I'm naturally good at and know that there are behaviours that are unhelpful to me. Your strong suits only take you so far."

Students were able to share the evening with their peers, family and friends, and some students were also able to meet their prize or scholarship donor to personally thank them.

The Master of Ceremonies for the event was Bachelor of Commerce student, Victoria Jordan-Jones, a 2011 Scholarship recipient.

2012 winners

View a list of the 2012 prize, scholarship and award winners (pdf)