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Dean's Award

Your chance to receive a 50% scholarship!

Are you a current Kaplan Business School student achieving exceptional academic results while contributing positively to the KBS community? Submit an application and you could be the winner of the Dean's Award!

Awarded to up to two students nationally each trimester, the Dean's Award winners are awarded a 50% scholarship for the remainder of their current course and any future Kaplan Business School course. The award winners will be determined based on academic performance and overall contribution to the KBS community.

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For students to be eligible for the award, they must fulfil the following criteria:

  • At the time of application, the student must have a Distinction average or higher grade
  • Submit a 500-word personal statement or 2-minute video on why they should receive the award
  • Provide evidence or examples where they have gone above and beyond for the KBS community


  • Submissions will be open from Monday Week 8 until Sunday Week 10 of each trimester
  • Students submit their personal statement or video to
  • Award submissions will be reviewed by an Executive Committee in Week 11 of the trimester
  • The Dean’s Award winners and Runners-Up will be announced in Week 12 of the trimester


Aleksandra Vojinoviki deans award

Payal Gidwani / Panamanian / Master of Business Analytics (Extension)

Trimester 3, 2020

Payal is enrolled in our Master of Business Analytics (Extension) and has attained a High Distinction in every subject thus far. Beyond her studies, Payal’s extracurricular contribution has included the establishment of a Women in Analytics Club with her colleagues, the organisation of trivia nights, the facilitation of connections between KBS and her former employer Google, and involvement as a volunteer at graduation ceremonies, orientation sessions and several other events.

Aleksandra Vojinoviki deans award

Lucas Goransky / Argentinian / Master of Business Administration

Trimester 3, 2020

Lucas is enrolled in our Master of Business Administration and has attained a High Distinction in all but one of his subjects. He is perhaps best known at KBS (and outside of Kaplan too) as a co-organiser of the most recent TEDx event in Sydney to which numerous KBS students were invited, the focus of which was climate change. Lucas was also ever-present at last month’s graduation ceremonies where he was a director and presenter of our Facebook Live broadcast.

T3 2020 Runners-up:

Shafaq Naqvi / Indian / Master of Business Administration

Luisa Rincon / Colombian / Master of Business Analytics (Extension)

Ralf Carta / Filipino / Master of Business Administration

Aleksandra Vojinoviki deans award

Aleksandra Vojinoviki / Macedonian / Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Trimester 2, 2020

Aleksandra is based at our Sydney campus enrolled in the MBA. What makes her stand out as a worthy recipient of the Dean’s Award is most notably her valuable contribution to the KBS student community as an Academic Board Student Representative and her role as a Co-author and Program Coordinator of the Sharing knowledge program. This program has built a culture of engagement amongst students.

As a Student Ambassador, Aleksandra is devoted to empowering fellow students and has successfully nurtured a strong, inclusive community through organising several campus events.

Kannu Sharma deans award

Kannu Sharma / Austrian / Bachelor of Business (Hospitality and Tourism Management)

Trimester 2, 2020

Having been born in India and raised in Austria, Kannu has truly embraced the multicultural student community at KBS. As a student ambassador, Kannu has voluntarily taken on extra-curricular activities such as helping to plan and organise orientation days, workshops and Alumni events. She was recently involved in RUOK? day where she initiated the idea of a speed-dating session which focused on students’ mental wellbeing.

Despite being proactively involved in the student community at KBS, Kannu’s dedication and commitment to her studies have shone through. To date, she has successfully achieved 10 high distinctions and has been the recipient of the KBS Highest Achiever Award, having received the overall highest mark in the Brisbane campus.

T2 2020 Runners-up:

Payal Gidwani / Panamanian / Master of Business Analytics (Extension)

Shafaq Naqvi / Indian / Master of Business Administration

Waduge Ayesha Darshani Fernando / Sri Lankan / Master of Business Analytics

Juan Giraudo deans award

Juan Giraudo / Argentinian / Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Trimester 1, 2020

Juan is based at our Sydney campus and is enrolled in the MBA. He has been prominent helping at our graduation ceremony, organising RUOK events, serving as a panellist at Orientation, and has even recorded this video about his experiences studying online. Most recently, he played an influential role in a working group tasked with developing a new set of Graduate Attributes and, of the eight subjects he’s completed, he’s attained a High Distinction in seven of them.

Debby Nathanael deans award

Debby Nathanael / Indonesian / Master of Accounting

Trimester 1, 2020

Debbie is enrolled at our Adelaide campus and is studying a Master of Accounting. What makes her contribution special is that she serves as an Executive Assistant for the Treasurer’s Office at the Council of International Students Australia (CISA) and is also a CPA Australia Student Ambassador. In addition to being a study coach to numerous peers and volunteering for many campus events, Debby has attained six High Distinctions out of the eight subjects she has thus far completed.

T1 2020 Runners-up:

Jessica Paz / Brazil / Master of Business Administration

Kannu Sharma / Austria / Bachelor of Business (Hospitality and Tourism Management)

Hajnalka Vig / Hungary / Bachelor of Business (Hospitality and Tourism Management)

Dominika Dolnickova deans award

Dominika Dolnickova / Czech / Bachelor of Business (Hospitality and Tourism Management)

Trimester 3, 2019

Dominika has achieved a High Distinction in every subject she has completed so far. In addition to being a panellist at our Orientation programs and conducting interviews at our graduation ceremonies, Dominika has been featured in a special video, profiling her life story and time at KBS. As a Student Ambassador, she has also been involved in organising various campus events and national KBS initiatives.

Muskan Garg deans award

Muskan Garg / India / Bachelor of Business (Accounting)

Trimester 3, 2019

Aside from demonstrating academic excellence with a string of High Distinctions, Muskan can always be found taking part in or helping to organise campus events, from Christmas parties to karaoke contests. She is a proactive and exemplary Student Ambassador, and generously dedicates her time to coaching peer students on how they can succeed in their studies.

T3 2019 Runners-up:

Enoc Bender / Argentina / Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Giaele Pellegrini / Italy / Bachelor of Business (Hospitality and Tourism Management)

Juan Pablo Giraudo / Argentina / Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Deimante Kaupaite deans award

Deimante Kaupaite / Lithuanian / Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Trimester 2, 2019

Although Deimante has attained a High Distinction in each of her subjects thus far, her contribution to the KBS community goes way beyond her academic performance. She has been involved with our Graduation Ceremony, RU OK days and used her coaching qualifications to guide her fellow students through the most emotionally challenging parts of their studies. Most innovatively, she has initiated an on-campus meditation class, a personal development workshop and weekly yoga lessons. These exercises - all to do with enriching the human mindset - are complemented by flyers she has designed on how to think positively and have honest conversations.

T2 2019 Runners-up:

Tiago Cardozo Dalmagro / Brazilian / Master of Accounting

Muskan Garg / Indian / Bachelor of Accounting

Juan Giraudo / Argentinian / Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Enoc Bender / Argentinian / Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Daniel Nguyen deans award

Daniel Nguyen / Vietnamese / Bachelor of Business

Trimester 1, 2019

Of the 13 subjects Daniel has completed so far, he has attained a High Distinction in 11 of them – an astonishing achievement. In relation to his contribution to the KBS community, Daniel spends much of his time coaching fellow students from Vietnam on their English language skills, he is an active participant in almost all events held on and off-campus, and has proudly promoted Kaplan externally via his involvement in the Lord Mayor’s Student Welcome functions and the Launch Your Marketing Career forums. Congratulations on being our very first Dean’s Award winner, Daniel!

T1 2019 Runners-up:

Neil Poudel / Nepalese / Bachelor of Accounting

Sreng Chhun / Cambodian / Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Carol Scott / British / Bachelor of Business (Hospitality and Tourism Management)

Kalani Ipalawatta / Sri Lankan / Master of Accounting


  • Up to two Dean’s Awards are granted nationally each trimester.
  • Up to four Runners-Up $250 gift vouchers are awarded nationally each trimester.
  • The Dean’s Award winners are awarded a 50% scholarship for the remainder of their current Kaplan Business School course and any subsequent Kaplan Business School course they enrol in.
  • The Dean’s Award scholarship will be applied from the trimester after the award is given.
  • The Dean’s Award scholarship cannot be combined with any existing scholarship or fee reduction that the student currently holds. Any pre-existing scholarship would cease once the Dean’s Award scholarship comes into effect.
  • Recipients of the Dean’s Award agree to having their name, photograph and a brief summary of their achievements published on the Kaplan Business School website and marketing collateral. The Runner-Up’s names may also be published.
  • Students can only receive the Dean’s Award once whilst studying at Kaplan Business School. If a student is a Runner-Up, they can re-apply for the Dean’s Award in subsequent Trimesters. Kaplan Business School reserves the right for there not to be a Dean’s Award winner or Runner-Up in any given Trimester if no suitable recipient has applied.