Bay Roberts business student earns $15K scholarship
Aspiring accountant Kayla Snow in last semester of MUN commerce program
Kayla Snow’s commute to school isn’t like that of most Memorial University students living outside St. John’s.
While there are those from Mount Pearl, Paradise, and Conception Bay South who choose to stay home rather than move to the city, Snow commutes from Bay Roberts to attend classes at the St. John’s campus.
“I lived (in St. John’s) my first two years and then I kind of did the math with it, and it was cheaper to drive back and forth than to pay the rent in here,” Snow told The Compass.
Presently completing her last semester in the business school’s commerce (co-op) program, Snow is apparently also handy with math when it comes to her studies. The 22-year-old accounting student was recently named one of 10 Atlantic Canadian business students to receive a $15,000 Frank H. Sobey Award for Excellence in Business Studies.
The scholarship, which aims to recognize the top business students in the region, is based on academic standing (maintaining an average of at least 85 per cent), entrepreneurial interest, extracurricular and community activities, employment history and career goals. Business deans nominate students based on those criteria.
“I got the email just before Christmas actually with a letter from the (selection) committee indicating I was selected,” she said. “That was pretty exciting.”
Snow already knew she was one of two MUN students in the running for the Sobey award.
“Honestly, just getting nominated by the dean, I was pretty shocked by that — that was good alone.”
A graduate of Ascension Collegiate in 2010, Snow always had a mind for math.
“When I was in high school was when I actually started thinking about what I wanted to do, and my thing was always math. That was always my favourite.”
Her cousin, Bay Roberts native Gary Snow, was already a chartered accountant, and a talk they shared about that line of work helped convince Kayla to give it a try.
“When I started the accounting courses, I really enjoyed them.”
Snow has since completed work terms with Deloitte LLP and Imperial Oil and plans to pursue the chartered professional accountant designation. She already has a job lined up with St. John’s firm Noseworthy Chapman Chartered Accountants.
“I’m really glad I did the co-op program, because I got to feel it out, and I did my first (work term) in public accounting, and then I thought, ‘Well, maybe I’d like to try something else,’ so I got to try (private) industry too.”
Snow‘s convocation takes place in May.