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Threadneedle announces scholarship prize winners

European debt crisis essay wins Cass scholarship for German student

German student Caroline Duong has won the 2011 Threadneedle Investment Award for her essay on the debt crisis in Europe and the investment implications of a Eurozone break-up. Caroline will receive a full scholarship to study for the MSc Investment Management at Cass and an internship at Threadneedle.

Runners-up Ingrid Morante from Ecuador and Yi Hua Chen from Taiwan will also receive a contribution towards their fees to study the MSc Investment Management at Cass.

The Threadneedle Investment Award competition was open to all students applying for a place on the Cass MSc Investment Management course. Students from Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and Asia Pacific were invited to write an essay addressing a specific economic question relevant to their region, and identifying opportunities for the investment management industry in relation to it.

A finalist was chosen from each of the three regions and invited to London to be interviewed by a panel of judges from Threadneedle and Cass.

Mark Burgess, Threadneedle's Chief Investment Officer, commented: "All three of the finalists - Caroline, Yi Hua and Ingrid - deserve congratulations. The standard of their essays was excellent and showed real effort and original thinking. We're delighted to be able to support three talented students from around the world to pursue careers in investment management, and I believe Cass Business School, in the heart of London, is a great place to start."

Richard Gillingwater, Dean of Cass said: "Cass extends its congratulations to the three winners and is proud to be involved in this award with a world class player such as Threadneedle. This award represents Cass's commitment to serving the needs of professionals and companies through world class education and wishes the three winners every success in this unique and wonderful opportunity which they thoroughly deserve."

Winner Caroline Duong commented: "Deepening my knowledge of the financial industry is a priority at this stage in my career. The MSc Investment Management at Cass is an ideal vehicle to further my interests within a stimulating and challenging academic milieu - moreover, the opportunity to work with Threadneedle Investments alongside my studies will hopefully enhance the experience and provide an unparalleled insight into the practical applications core contents of the course. The prize money will provide me with more flexibility and time throughout my studies, allowing me to focus on my academic and professional career".

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