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Commerce student awarded international scholarship

Shannon Scott, winner of the Jane M Klausman Scholarship.

Christmas has come early for USQ Commerce student Shannon Scott, who has been awarded a prestigious international scholarship through Zonta International.

Shannon, a nominee of the Ipswich and West Moreton Zonta Club has been chosen as one of 12 international recipients of the Jane M Klausman, Women in Business Scholarships.

The annual award was established in 1998 with a generous bequest from the estate of Jane M Klausman, a member of the Zonta Club of Syracuse New York.

USQ Associate Director and Zonta member, Professor Marie Kavanagh said Shannon was selected from 27 women in 11 countries, who competed in the final round of judging for the US$7,000 scholarships.

'Mrs Scott is only the fifth Queensland-based student to win this award at an international level and this is the first time the Ipswich and West Moreton club has won the scholarship,' Professor Kavanagh said.

'Our club has never had an international winner and we are very proud that Shannon has achieved this through her hard work.'

Shannon, who is set to graduate with a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) next year said she was very excited to be awarded the scholarship and would put the money to good use.

'The scholarship will provide financial support while I complete university over summer and next year,' Shannon said.

'I won’t have to worry about how I will afford text books or a new laptop. I’ll also be able to buy some new clothes for graduate interviews.

'It will also give me the opportunity to meet people from a variety of industries, to build networks and find mentors.

'I am new to this industry and hopefully through meeting people, particularly the women who are involved with the scholarship, I will be able to receive guidance and make the most of opportunities presented.

'I want to thank the Zonta Club for having such scholarships available for access. I am honoured to receive such a wonderful opportunity.'

Shannon began studying at USQ after her position at a mortgage management company was made redundant.

'After talking with my husband we decided it might be better for me to get a qualification in a profession I enjoyed that would also help the family financially.'

When her studies are completed, Shannon will be applying for graduate positions in companies that will support with further studies to gain CPA or ICAA accreditations.

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