John and Leanne Rooney Graduate Scholarship

Terms of Reference

  1. The purpose of the multi-year scholarship is to attract and provide financial support for outstanding graduate students in a master's degree program at the Beedie School of Business.
  2. The scholarship is intended to support the same student throughout their education at SFU, provided they continue to meet the eligibility requirements every term. When the student recipient is no longer eligible (e.g. they have graduated), a new student recipient will be selected.
  3. The criteria for the scholarship are as follows:
    1. demonstrated academic excellence at the undergraduate or graduate level;
    2. registered full-time in a master's degree program in the Beedie School of Business; and
    3. demonstrated career progression and potential for future career achievements.
  4. The scholarship can be renewable for the duration of the student's degree program, as long as the student recipient continues to demonstrate academic excellence at the graduate level.
  5. Applications will be made via the Graduate Award, Application and Adjudication System (GA3). Required documents include:
    1. copies of post-secondary transcripts;
    2. a current curriculum vitae detailing employment experience; and
    3. a nomination letter describing the merits of the student if they are entering their first year of their graduate program at SFU; or
    4. a letter of reference from an SFU faculty member verifying the student is making excellent academic progress in the program. A letter of reference is needed on an annual basis for renewal of the scholarship. The letter must also include the approximate date of completion of the degree.
  6.  The nomination must be submitted annually in order for disbursement of the scholarship, including nominations for renewal.
  7. If a suitable candidate is not identified, the award may be granted in a subsequent term or year.
  8. The award will be granted by the Dean of Graduate Studies on behalf of the Senate Graduate Awards Adjudication Committee, upon the nomination of the Associate Dean, Graduate Programs, Beedie School of Business.

Revised: March 2017 / GESR212


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John Rooney

John Rooney enrolled in the Beedie School of Business in 2007, inspired to
pursue his love of learning with academic study. He received his Executive MBA degree in 2009, and his Certified Management Accountant designation in 2010.

In 2011, at the age of 50, John joined the PhD Program and successfully passed his comprehensive exams in the summer of 2013. At the time of his passing, he was working on his dissertation proposal which focused on the role of proximity in collaborative technological innovation.

As a scholar, John had a strong ability to grapple with complex theoretical issues while remaining grounded in the practical world of management. His business experience combined with his precise intellect provided a rare set of qualities in a PhD student. John was a gentle and quiet individual who worked hard to push his ideas forward while also encouraging and supporting the work of other students. He thoroughly enjoyed volunteering as a coach and judge at various student competitions, including the JDC West competition for business students presented by CPA. John approached all his professional tasks, indeed life, with generosity, integrity, humility and a quiet, incisive intelligence.

Prior to enrolling at the Beedie School, John Rooney was a successful
entrepreneur, founding Media Display Systems International Inc. (MDS) and
serving as its President and CEO for 22 years. MDS was a privately held
manufacturer and exporter of large-scale programmable electronic message displays for use in outdoor commercial on-premises advertising applications, primarily in the U.S. market. At the time of his passing, he was working as a consultant for corporate restructuring and turnaround. John was an expert in
the practical areas of product development, marketing, operations, finance, and administration.