Twenty scholarships were awarded and a new scholarship partnership announced at the International College of Management, Sydney (ICMS) Dean’s List and Scholarship ceremony that took place at the college’s main campus in Manly, Northern Beaches, Sydney, on 18 July.
The 20 scholarships awarded at the ceremony, held to honour academic and leadership excellence at ICMS brings the total number of scholarships awarded to 64 in 2018. In 2017, the value of scholarships awarded as part of the ICMS Professional Scholarships Program totalled over $1million.
The prestigious ceremony was attended by ICMS faculty and staff, including Darryl Courtney-O’Connor (AM), chairman and founder of ICMS, Northern Beaches Council Mayor Michael Regan, ICMS Professional Scholarship Program chairperson Ann Whitelock Courtney-O’Connor, ICMS students and representatives from ICMS’ valued industry partners.
“This is a very special event on our college calendar,” ICMS Associate Vice President Australia and New Zealand Phil Watson said. “It is an occasion to celebrate academic hard work, performance, commitment and individual achievements. The Dean’s List recognises students who have achieved academic excellence. The scholarships awarded tonight offer students the opportunity to embrace their studies and enhance their careers.”
A great example of this came from ICMS graduate, and former winner of the Northern Beaches Council Scholarship, Anne-Sophie Denzer.
“My studies here at ICMS and my time at council made it possible for me to gain valuable experience. It is something I will always be grateful for as I created lasting memories and met amazing people and teachers along the way,” she said.
“My scholarship, work experience, various Dean’s List placements and my education at ICMS helped me to get a job offer in the communications and events team at North Sydney Council. You never know where a scholarship or a Deans List placement can lead you.”
Second year student and ICMS Professional Scholarship winner Tamra Santucci echoed these sentiments.
“ICMS has presented me with countless opportunities to excel in my chosen career, including the ICMS Professional Scholarship, and I cannot thank everyone here enough for what they have done to
support me, which has allowed me to flourish and thrive in everything I do in such a short amount of time.”
Further scholarships will be awarded in the next trimester Dean’s List and Scholarship Ceremony, including the most recently acquired scholarship from Surf Life Saving Sydney Northern Beaches (SLSSNB). This scholarship, which will be awarded over the next three years at least, is in partnership with ICMS which recently signed a significant sponsorship agreement with SLSSNB.
“We’re excited to enter into this collaborative partnership with ICMS to support a scholarship for ICMS sport and event management students,” SLSSNB President Doug Menzies said.
“ICMS and SLS Sydney Northern Beaches, and SLS across the nation, share a lot in common in terms of our goals, aspirations, particularly in educating and developing our younger generation and our future leaders. We’re very proud to be a part of tonight’s celebrations and share the company of fellow corporate scholarship supporters, the college leaders and academics, and, of course, the students who have been successful in getting the scholarships announced tonight. (Judging by) the talent we have heard tonight, I’m very excited to receive somebody on board to work with us during the scholarship (period).”
ICMS Professional Scholarships Chairperson, Ann Whitelock Courtney-O’Connor thanked SLSSNB and other industry partners for their continued commitment to the program.
“ICMS is a leader in career-focused education and without these industry partners that wouldn’t be possible,” she said.
“Our goal at ICMS is to award as many scholarships as we can. In doing so, we hope to provide as many students as possible with access to higher education…. Helping the college to provide more scholarships are our corporate sponsor partners, on behalf of ICMS, we acknowledge these partners. They invest not only tuition subsidies but also time, expertise and commitment to the students’ development. The outcomes are exceptional as a result.”
This was underlined by ICMS Deputy Vice Chancellor (DVC), Learning and Teaching, Dr Margot McNeill in her address.
“This evening is about excellence, about the students here who have demonstrated perseverance and great heights of academic attainment to be able to come top in their subjects and achieve a very high GPA. It is also about the students who have achieved a scholarship here at ICMS,” Dr McNeill said.
“However, it’s not just the academic achievements that we are celebrating. We at ICMS pride ourselves on building graduate capabilities and knowledge in a range of life skills which are part of this excellence that you’ve attained. ICMS has a proud history of great graduate outcomes. At our higher education institution we have a record of industry engagement and graduate employability that are the envy of many of the top universities.”
As ICMS chairman and founder Darryl Courtney-O’Connor (AM) related, ‘VIP’ did not only mean ‘Very Important Person’.
“VIP also stands for ‘Vision’, as in having a vision of where we are going,” he said. “’I’ stands for Integrity, the values by which we are going to get there; and ‘P’ stands for purpose, what it is that we are all about. The Scholarship Program underscores this better than anything else I know.”
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