Hometown: Stoneyburn, West Lothian

Year of Course: 2

 

Shannon Ovens is one of a number of QMU Event Management students to receive an award of financial support from the 2014 Ryder Cup.

Ryder Cup Europe made a commitment to QMU to fund five tourism, hospitality and event student bursaries per year for a total of four years. The bursary scheme means that a total of twenty QMU students are benefitting by receiving £1000 each.

What Shannon Says

I’m absolutely delighted with this award. I based my application for the award on an event that I worked on the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisation (SCVO). I volunteered to assist with the event management of ‘The Gathering’ – SCVO’s showcase charity event in Glasgow, which was held this summer and attracted over 3000 people. The experience helped me gain hands-on work experience in event management and helped confirm that I really did want to pursue a career in the events industry.”

"The experience helped me gain hands-on work experience in event management and helped confirm that I really did want to pursue a career in the events industry."
Shannon Ovens

This bursary will really help to alleviate the financial burden of student life. Before receiving The Ryder Cup Bursary, I juggled studying at Queen Margaret University with working four days in a restaurant. I have now been able to reduce my restaurant work to two days which is allowing me more time to focus on my studies.

It’s important that I get the best marks I can during my 2nd year on the BA (Hons) Events Management . My aim is to study abroad during my third year, but I need top marks in order to do that.”

 

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