Published on 27 March 2013
With a degree nearly under his belt and a job lined up at a top finance firm, University of the Sunshine Coast student Thomas Major can now add “academic star” to his CV after collecting four prizes at USC’s Faculty of Arts and Business awards night on Tuesday.
The Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) student was the stand-out achiever at the annual awards event, netting prizes worth a total value of $2,100.
This annual ceremony puts the spotlight on high-achieving students and gives industry donors the chance to meet and possibly recruit them. Seventy awards – totalling $57,000 and including 18 new prizes – were handed out by more than 56 local and national companies.
Thomas, 24, won the $500 Save On Tax Prize for Highest Achieving Student in Business Finance, The Institute of Public Accountants Prize for Best Student in Management Accounting valued at $600, the $500 ANZ Bank Prize for Highest Achieving Student in Insurance and Risk Management and the $500 Holmans Accounting and Taxation Bursary.
The Maroochydore resident said he believed he had received the best start for his career in finance due to the facilities and support at USC.
“The size of classes, the intimacy of the campus and the quality of the teachers, including their approachability, were big factors in choosing USC as my place of study,” he said.
“Academically I have really benefited from the expertise and encouragement of USC staff such as Associate Professor in Accounting Dr Monte Wynder and Senior Lecturers in Accounting Dr Greg Laing and Dr Peter Baxter.”
Thomas is no stranger to academic success, having previously earned two prizes in 2012. They were the Tax Institute Prize for the Most Outstanding Student in Contemporary Accounting Issues and the KMPG Prize for Best Student in Auditing and Professional Practice.
The former Maroochydore State High School student has seven weeks until he completes his degree and will start at Deloitte’s Brisbane office in the Assurance and Advisory Service Line as an analyst in July.
— Jessica Halls