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Scholarships awarded to US-bound Business students

08 Dec 2011

The University of Sydney Business School and the United States Studies Centre (USSC) at the University of Sydney have teamed up with the University of California Washington Center (UCDC) for the second consecutive year to offer business undergraduate students an exclusive opportunity to study and work in Washington DC.

The students, who will be based on the University of California Washington Center campus for the duration of the program, will have the opportunity to complete three units of study, and a professional placement in Washington DC and overseas study will be credited towards their degree at Sydney.

The nine-week internship experience will commence in January and finish in early March 2012. Students will travel with Dr Leanne Piggott, Director of the Business Programs Unit. Dr Piggott will provide program supervision and will teach the compulsory unit of study while students also complete an internship in a top organisation in this impressive US location.

With preparations nearing completion, many of the students will depart in the week after Christmas on a journey that emphasises the University of Sydney Business School's standing as a leader in the provision of quality of business education. This opportunity also showcases the benefits of a Work Integrated Learning philosophy that is a cornerstone in the future of business education.

Following a rigorous selection process, the students were each awarded a generous scholarship package. The United States Studies Centre provided $105,000 in scholarships to assist students with costs of the program, which was made possible through the generous contributions of its members to the value of $50,000. This included $30,000 in scholarships donated by The Turnbull Foundation, which was established by United States Studies Centre Board Director and former Lord Mayor of Sydney, Lucy Turnbull and her husband, Federal Member for Wentworth The Hon Malcolm Turnbull. As well as $10,000 each from US Studies Centre Board Director, David Anstice and member of the Council of Advisers, Fleur Harlan and her husband Leonard Harlan through Castle Harlan Inc.

In all, there are six scholarship awards; The Turnbull Foundation Scholarship awarded to three students, The David Anstice Business Leadership Scholarship awarded to two students, The Castle Harlan Business Leadership Scholarship awarded to two students, The United States Studies Centre Academic Excellence Scholarship awarded to two students, The United States Studies Centre International Achiever Scholarship for one student and ten Travel Scholarships awarded by The United States Studies Centre. The awards were handed out at the Washington DC Internship Program Scholarships Ceremony last week by the Chancellor of the University, Professor Marie Bashir.

Chief Executive of the USSC, Professor Geoffrey Garrett, emphasised the importance of the Washington experience and the impact it is likely to have on the lives of the cohort, drawing on examples of young American entrepreneurs and the environment of innovation that exists in the United States. In her address, Lucy Turnbull encouraged the students to explore the neighbouring cities and learn from the diversity of the North American continent which they are likely to encounter.

Follow the students progress in the US.