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Two undergraduate high flyers receive commemorative award

Two of the ICMA Centres high-performing BSc students have been awarded a prestigious investment banking prize by the Securities & Investment Institute.

Philip Board and Tamoor Ali, both won the Stephen Cooke Memorial Fund, which commemorates the late Stephen Cooke, former senior partner of stockbroking firm, Gerrard Vivian Gray.

The prize of £2000 is awarded to the highest performing second year BSc students, and is to encourage students to focus on high examination grades and to aquire a good understanding of the finance industry, as well as the personal attributes required for a career in the fast paced industry.

Tamoor and Philip, who both had to submit an essay to the board, as well as taking part in rigorous interviews in order to win the special award, were both delighted with their achievements.

Tamoor aged 26, said: "I consider myself very fortunate to have received this award given the calibre of the competitors. It was a great experience, which provided an invaluable insight into the world of finance. I believe the BSc at the ICMA Centre has equipped me with the perfect skill set to give me the edge for a successful career in the City".

The pair were awarded the prize at the ICMA Centre's annual end of year BBQ in May.

Published 30 May 2008