Students set to achieve with scholarship

6 Apr 2010
Three UQ Business School Commerce Honours students have received a financial helping hand after being awarded the Frank Finn Scholarship. Domestic students Katie Wood and Jeremy Evans and international student Jun Cai each received a scholarship, worth $8600 for domestic students, and $26,000 for international students. "It's a really good opportunity, and we appreciate it. It's kind of an encouragement for the year," Mr Cai said. The three students, now in their Honours year, said the scholarship was a big help which will allow them to focus on their studies, most likely in corporate finance. "It will definitely help me out," Mr Evans said. "We're really grateful, and I'll now have more time to dedicate to my Honours instead of having to work two jobs," Ms Wood said. The Frank Finn Scholarship was created in 2008 with an endowment fund acknowledging Emeritus Professor Frank Finn's lifetime service to UQ and the field of finance. In his time with UQ, Professor Finn held several positions including Dean of the Faculty of Commerce and Economics, Head of the School of Commerce and Director of Studies in the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law. Professor Finn said he was proud to be associated with the scholarship, funded by his former students and colleagues. "I think it's terrific. Honours is certainly the flagship program for the UQ Business School," he said. "It was designed to facilitate students doing Honours in finance and assist students experiencing financial difficulties and it's achieving this." "I think it's a very worthwhile scholarship." Stephen Holden, Business Development Manager for UQ Business School, said the School is 'over halfway to our endowment target of $1 million', a result which could see the scholarships support more students in the future. "This level of endowment will secure the scholarships in perpetuity," he said. "A substantial number of donors to the Frank Finn Scholarships Endowment Fund are UQ Alumni, academics from other institutions, UQ employees and members of industry who have known and worked with Professor Finn over his career." "The Frank Finn Scholarships support the development of future leaders in business and future leaders in the community. In honouring Professor Finn with a gift, donors to the endowment fund are also helping build better business by helping build better businesspeople."