It was following a year spent studying in Germany at the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management that Meagan Stewart was welcomed back into her community with an award from the Zonta Club of Nanaimo.
The $1000 Zonta International Jane M. Klausman Scholarship for Women in Business was awarded as part of a program for women studying business and management at the university level.
The interest in accounting has simply always been there for Stewart, who took her first course on the topic while still in high school.
"I don't know why but I just liked doing the work, people called me crazy for that," said Stewart. "I've always been good with numbers. .. It's a little bit more straightforward. I like being organized."
As the top student graduating from Alberni District Secondary School, 21-year-old Stewart won a full tuition scholarship to Vancouver Island University, where she will finish her business degree in September.
Due to her work in learning both accounting and management in Frankfurt, where the credits are transferable, Stewart will graduate with a double major in both subjects.
From there, she plans to work as a chartered professional accountant, though she does not rule out the possibility of running her own firm one day. "(My teacher) said I'm a good worker, and that I try my hardest at everything I do," said Stewart, on what encouraged her to apply for the award.
The local chapter of the Zonta Club, which is a global organization working to advance the status of women through service and advocacy, recently celebrated the achievements of another local award recipient.
Dover Bay Secondary graduate Kennedy Baker received the Zonta District 8 selection award. The $1000 award, which included applicants from Alaska, B.C., Washington State, Oregon and Idaho, went to Baker for her work in starting STAND, a local non-profit group centred on raising awareness about homelessness and mental illness, as well as her work volunteering at the 7-10 Club, among other achievements.
Baker was also the recipient of the Young Women in Public Affairs award in March - also a $1,000 scholarship - that will go toward her upcoming education at VIU.
"(It's) another announcement that makes us proud of these young women in Nanaimo," said Corinne Stewart of the Zonta Club of Nanaimo, via email.
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