Klinger wins top award

May 30, 2002, vol. 24, no. 3
By Diane Luckow

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A four-week surfing trip in Fiji during May seems like a well-deserved vacation for Bailey Klinger.

The SFU business student is this year's recipient of the Queen Elizabeth scholarship, B.C.'s highest scholastic award.

A graduate of Immaculata high school in Kelowna, Klinger achieved a grade point average of 4.17 out of a possible 4.33 in a faculty renowned for its tough grading.

Yet Klinger has achieved much more than high grades at SFU. The 22-year-old participated in a one-semester exchange program at Hanzehogeschool, a university in the Netherlands, and also spent eight months in a co-op education work term at Surrey Metro Savings. On campus, he was marketing team leader with international student exchange program AIESEC, participated in the small business consulting group, chaired the SFU campus crimestoppers and was also a member of the men's vollebyall club.

An honours student with a business major and an economics minor, Klinger intends to puruse a career in economics. “I'd like to become involved with an organization like the World Bank, to be involved in poverty reduction and the promotion of economic development in third world countries,” he says. “I think that kind of career would be really enjoyable, rewarding and motivating.”

After his surfing trip, Klinger hopes to obtain an eight-month work term in a developing country through the United Nations development program. Following that, he plans to attend a three-month Spanish immersion school in Guatelama before returning to university in the fall of 2003 to pursue his graduate studies in economics. He's hoping to be accepted by either Harvard or Oxford.

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