Four undergraduate students from Leeds University Business School (LUBS) have been made GE Foundation Scholar Leaders in recognition of their academic excellence and future leadership potential.
Clare Coley, Laura Craddock, Samual Menahem and Eleanor Ring have each been awarded £6000 over two years to assist with the remainder of their degree studies. The GE Foundation Scholar-Leaders Programme, run in partnership with the Institute of International Education (IIE), is designed to recognise students who have displayed excellence in their studies.
The LUBS students were amongst only fifteen undergraduates from universities throughout the UK to receive the award - with seven in total studying at the University of Leeds.
In addition to the monetary award, the students will also attend a three day leadership development programme which enables them to develop business skills such as leadership, communication and career planning. They will also have the opportunity to participate in a work shadowing placement at one of GE's UK businesses.
Professor Peter Moizer, of Leeds University Business School, said: "This is a fantastic acheivement and reflects all the hard work put in by the students, as well as the help they received from the University. The students themselves are very impressive ambassadors for LUBS and to have four such talented students for the next two years is wonderful for the school."
He added: "Our current teaching and learning inititaive is called 'Inspire our students' but for me it was a case of 'Be inspired by our students'. We will be liaising with the students to use their knowledge of how to improve the undergraduate experience at Leeds and help new first years benefit from the GE Foundation scheme."
GE, which was first established in the UK in the 1930s, now employs over 22,000 people in more than 45 locations throughout the UK. GE is concentrated in the financial services, infrastructure, and media markets worldwide, with UK operations representing its largest single presence outside the United States.
The GE Foundation Scholarship was launched in the UK five years ago to attract students to areas of study such as engineering and technology. It is designed to provide promising young students with opportunities to develop their leadership skills as well as creating possibilities for community involvement.
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GE has operated in the UK since the 1930s and employs over 22,000 people, in six businesses, based at more than 45 major locations from Aberdeen to Falmouth and from Cardiff to Cambridge.
GE's UK operations represent its largest single presence outside of the US. Two of the six GE businesses have chosen to locate their global headquarters in the UK: GE Healthcare in Amersham and GE Money in London.
GE's business activities are wide-ranging and include servicing aircraft engines, providing state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment to hospitals, distributing international blockbuster motion pictures. selling advanced gas turbines and financing businesses and customers.
GE people worldwide are dedicated to turning imaginative ideas into leading products and services that help solve some of the world's toughest problems.
GE Foundation (http://www.gefoundation.com/) When it was established over 50 years ago, the GE Foundation placed its core focus on educational opportunity, recognising the importance of investing in a well-educated workforce and society. Today, the need for a quality education has never been more urgent - both in creating a lifetime of opportunity for individuals, and as a major societal and economic imperative in the world. The Foundation's historic focus has grown into a commitment to finding, developing and supporting high-impact programmes and initiatives to improve the access, equity and quality of education in GE communities around the world.