Amanda Velcic’s efforts to hone her leadership skills have led to national recognition for the U of L management student. Velcic is one of 10 Canadian university business students to receive a 2006 Futures Fund Scholarship for Outstanding Leadership valued at $5,000.
Canada’s Outstanding CEO of the Year program awards Futures Fund Scholarships annually to recognize students for leadership in academic and extracurricular pursuits.
In November, Velcic and the other nine recipients will attend an awards gala in Toronto where they will have the opportunity to meet some of the country’s business elite.
“I have a really unique leadership style, and to have that validated by an external body means so much,” says Velcic. “The money and the trip to Toronto are just bonuses.”
Velcic is currently putting her leadership skills to use as the president of the Management Students’ Society and vice-president of the U of L Debate Society.
“A lot of my leadership experience has been volunteer work, and I have participated in numerous business conferences and events like JDC West. At the end of the day, you evolve, grow and become a different person,” says Velcic.
Canada’s Outstanding CEO of the Year program selects 10 schools to receive the scholarships every summer. Scholarship recipients are chosen by the dean’s office at their universities.
Irene Wong and Jennifer Steeves were the other U of L finalists for the scholarship.
Winning the scholarship is a highlight of Velcic’s final year of studies, which she describes as a “happy blur.”
In April, she plans to finish her bachelor of management degree by participating in the Faculty of Management Malaysia Work/Study Abroad program.
“I have a calendar that shows me all of the events and conferences I want to go to, and everything fits. I love the continuous momentum,” says Velcic. Velcic hopes the force of that momentum will carry her into law school.
“I’m currently applying to universities in Ontario. I have a basic understanding of the functional areas of business, and now I’d like to gain a different perspective,” says Velcic.
For more information on the Futures Fund Scholarships, go to www.ceoaward-canada.org/futures/.
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