Heather L. Main Scholarship Awarded to Two DeGroote MBA Students

March 6, 2020 | Hamilton, Ontario
Contributed by Rebecca Hull, Marketing and Communications Strategist

In honour of International Women’s Day, the DeGroote School of Business is proud to announce that two MBA students have been awarded the Women in Capital Markets Heather L. Main Memorial Scholarship.

Our warmest congratulations to deserving recipients Christina Screpnechuk, MBA Candidate 2021 and Ashley Stanford, MBA Candidate 2021.

Christina Screpnechuk

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Christina Screpnechuk is from Calgary, Alberta and is now based out of Toronto. She completed a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Life Sciences from Queen’s University with Distinction. Christina is pursuing a Co-op Master of Business Administration from DeGroote School of Business, specializing in Finance. Her previous co-op placements has been with Scotiabank as a Sales and Trading Analyst. She worked in foreign exchange and precious metals and debt capital markets. Christina is currently on an academic exchange at Kedge Business School in Bordeaux, France. She will start her Sales and Trading Internship at Scotiabank this summer.

I feel honoured and grateful to be one of the Heather L. Main Memorial Scholarship recipients this year. Not only am I supported financially, the scholarship will allow me to launch my career in sales/trading and continue to build my network within capital markets. The support from major sponsors and Women in Capital Markets solidifies the importance of diversity in this industry to create competitive, and collaborative business units.

Ashley Stanford

Ashley Stanford is from Hamilton, ON and is now based out of Toronto. She completed a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Animal Biology from the University of Guelph. Ashley is pursuing a Co-op Master of Business Administration from DeGroote School of Business, specializing in Finance. Her previous co-ops with the MBA have been as Marketing Analyst at PetSmart and Corporate Banking Analyst at Scotiabank. Ashley is currently on an academic exchange at Kedge Business School in Bordeaux, France and will start her Corporate Banking Internship at CIBC this summer.

I am excited to further develop my career in capital markets and am grateful for the exposure and support the Heather L. Main Scholarship has provided me. The scholarship has introduced me to like-minded female students from other MBA programs, members from Women in Capital Markets and those who work with the scholarship committee from partnering banks. These connections are invaluable, and I am thankful to be part of this network.

About the Heather L. Main Memorial Scholarship

Former lawyer and pioneering woman leader in corporate finance during the 1980s, Heather L. Main, is remembered for her intelligence and dedication, her generosity of spirit, and her support of her colleagues. Heather served as a role model and mentor for many of the women who worked at the heart of Canada’s financial sector with her. The Heather L. Main Memorial Scholarship reflects her commitment to the continued success of women in capital markets.

Established in 1998, this scholarship has given qualified women, participating in full-time 2-year MBA or joint MBA/LL.B programs, the opportunity to pursue careers in the Canadian capital markets.

The scholarship includes:

  • A paid summer internship in the capital markets at a major financial institution
  • Mentoring during internship and final year of studies
  • One year complimentary membership with Women in Capital Markets
  • A women’s leadership training program prior to the internship

Winners Christina and Ashley were selected based on their interest in capital markets in addition to their academic excellence, community involvement, and leadership capabilities.

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