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Current MBA, future CEO

MBA student Rebecca Moyes was awarded a major scholarship from Atlantic Business Magazine.

By Meaghan Whelan

An avid volunteer, a civic minded professional, a dedicated scholar and future CEO are just a few of the words used to describe MBA student Rebecca Moyes, recent recipient of a major scholarship.

Ms. Moyes was in Halifax recently to attend the Atlantic Business Magazine’s Top 50 CEO Awards Gala, where she was awarded a $5,000 scholarship from organizers in recognition of her academic achievement, leadership skills and community involvement.

The scholarship, sponsored by Atlantic Business Magazine, was open to graduate business or management students at all universities in Atlantic Canada. In addition to the $5,000 award, the scholarship also includes a year-long mentorship with one of the Top 50 CEOs who were recognized at the awards gala.

Ms. Moyes said that earning her MBA while working fulltime, raising a young family, and keeping up with variety of volunteer commitments was a team effort.

“My husband, parents and in-laws have provided unwavering support for the past few years,” she said. “Receiving this scholarship has been a tremendous honour for me and it will help me support my family as I finally get the chance to become a full-time student and complete my education this summer.”

She also credits her employer, the Department of Canadian Heritage with the Government of Canada, with supporting her throughout her MBA and allowing her to spend the summer completing her degree fulltime.

Ms. Moyes’ application for the award included an introspective essay on how she plans to use her skills to further the economic growth of the Atlantic region. She said that vision, values and leadership are essential to success, and that one of her core values is the importance of contributing to the economic, social and environmental development of communities.

“I take on volunteer leadership roles within government and non-profit organizations because I believe it is everyone’s responsibility to make a difference in our workplace and community,” she explained. She has a long list of volunteer commitments, including working with a micro-credit project in South America.

Ms. Moyes believes the long-term survival of communities is dependent on economic self-reliance and that in order to help communities grow, she needed to hone her business and leadership skills through an MBA program.
“Memorial has provided me with a quality education, and through the mentorship I’ve received from this scholarship I’ll be able to expand my skills even further,” she said.

“The top 50 CEOs are truly inspiring. Their success teaches students in Atlantic Canada that with strong leadership, hard work and innovation, we too can be leaders in business and our communities. I’m very much looking forward to working with and learning from my mentor from this group.”
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