media release

Award helps MBA student make a difference

June 19, 2014

Erica Branda, SFU Advancement, 778.231.1274,
Marianne Meadahl, PAMR, 778.782.9017;


Simon Fraser University student Anca Cvaci is growing a new idea for Beedie School of Business MBA students.

The recipient of the 2013-14 University Women's Club of Vancouver Annual Graduate Award in Business is using her award, valued at $5,000, to help initiate a sustainability-focused case competition at the Beedie School of Business. The goal is to help her and fellow students to gain expertise in developing and presenting business plans in this important and growing area.

The competition, a first of its kind, will connect MBA students from four Canadian universities and offer a great opportunity for students to network and build relationships among west coast universities. She hopes it becomes part of her class's legacy.

"Receiving this award was a huge honour for me," says Cvaci. "Seeing that people have trust in me fuelled my desire to give back. It was one of my best moments as a student."

Cvaci entered the SFU Beedie MBA program after earning a pharmacy degree and working as a hospital pharmacist. Her original goal was to move beyond managing patients to manage larger medical systems and issues. However, her experience at Beedie has opened her mind to new possibilities, and she is still exploring a number of career options for her future.

Over the past year, SFU students received a total of $17,750 from endowed and annual awards established by the University Women’s Club of Vancouver Trust Fund for Education. 

In addition to the graduate award in business, the organization has created a scholarship for women in science, a graduate scholarship for students studying earth science and an annual scholarship for the hearing impaired, bursaries in education and interactive arts and technology as well as several more general bursaries and scholarships.

The University Women’s Club of Vancouver, the oldest club of its kind in Canada, was founded in 1907 and currently has 400 members who are graduates of over 100 educational institutions worldwide. The purpose of the club is to stimulate intellectual activity, fellowship, social responsibility and an interest in human rights. It seeks to maintain high standards of public education through research, advocacy and the provision of bursaries and scholarships.

The club is an affiliate of the Canadian Federation of University Women and the International Federation of University Women. Since its inception in 1970, the Club’s Trust Fund for Education has been committed to helping female students further their education. Bursaries and scholarships are made possible by donation, fundraising, bequests, or memorials.

Simon Fraser University is Canada's top-ranked comprehensive university and one of the top 50 universities in the world under 50 years old. With campuses in Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey, BC, SFU engages actively with the community in its research and teaching, delivers almost 150 programs to more than 30,000 students, and has more than 130,000 alumni in 130 countries.


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