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David Anstice MBA Scholarship awarded to Salvation Army officer

21 Feb 2014

The University of Sydney Business School has awarded the 2014 Anstice MBA Scholarship for Community Leadership to a Salvation Army member who works with the city's disadvantaged and homeless.

Robyn Evans, Co-Mission Leader of a Salvation Army support service called Streetlevel, believes that the MBA program will broaden her ability, particularly in the areas of leadership and strategy development.

The scholarship, donated by David Anstice, a former senior executive with the pharmaceutical firm, Merck, and a Business School alumnus, provides financial support to an MBA student recognised as "an emerging leader in the not-for-profit sector".

Specifically, the scholarship recipient must demonstrate leadership qualities, such as an ability to work within a team and to network, and an ability to develop sustainable initiatives. They must also have work and life experience.

"I am doing an MBA so that I can contribute more as a change maker in the community and the NGO sector," Robyn said. "This program will benefit me by increasing my professional skills and by exposing me to new business and leadership practices."

"The Anstice MBA Scholarship is recognition of the MBA program's ability to grow and develop leaders in all fields," she said.

Robyn went on to say that she was "very grateful" for the scholarship.

David Anstice has maintained a long term interest in the University of Sydney Business School and has supported a number of initiatives designed to encourage innovation.

"Innovation and entrepreneurship are critical to growth in an economy characterised by a high standard of living, high wages and a highly educated workforce," he said recently.

The Associate Dean, Management Education, Professor Richard Hall, congratulated Robyn on the scholarship saying that outstanding and innovative leadership was vital in both the not-for-profit and business sectors.

Professor Hall also said that the David Anstice Scholarship was an enormous vote of confidence in the Business School's new MBA program from someone with a wealth of experience in leadership at the highest level.