Peter and Ann Koppel Scholarship for Excellence (722200302283)



Peter and Ann Koppel Scholarship
for Excellence


This scholarship was created by the Telfer School of Management to honour Professor Peter Koppel’s 27 years of service to students and the academic community and recognize the lasting impact he has had on tens of thousands of students throughout his career.

In 1984 Professor Koppel entered the teaching profession on a full-time basis after thirteen years in the financial services industry. Having taught on a part-time basis prior to 1984, he began to realize that his true passion in life was not sitting in an office, but rather in the academic community where he felt he could truly make a difference in peoples’ lives. He left his senior management role and entered academia. Professor Koppel taught at the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa for twenty-seven years. He has instructed over 60,000 students, consistently maintaining one of the highest evaluation rankings from students in the School and has, in fact, been named by McLean’s Magazine as one of the University’s best liked professors for eight consecutive years. In 2007 he was named one of the finalists in TV Ontario’s Lecturer of the Year Award Competition in the Province of Ontario.

In addition to his full-time teaching, Professor Koppel has served as the Director of the Undergraduate Program at the School of Management for thirteen years and for eight years has also served as the School’s Assistant Dean of Student Services. He has established the School’s Mentorship Program for its first-year students, designed to ease the transition for students from high school into university life, created a Teaching Assistant Program to assist students in first and second year Management courses, is one of the founders of the local chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma, the honor society of AACSB accredited management schools, the Mindtrust Leadership Program held in partnership with Carleton University, and the National Leadership Challenge.

In addition to the above programs, he was the co-founder and vision behind the School of Management’s student funded Career Centre which has been actively assisting students in the development of their careers. This Centre now employs nine professionals and is recognized as one of the most successful and innovative University Career Centres in all of Canada.

Professor Koppel felt strongly about developing a well-rounded management graduate. He stressed the need for the manager to understand the dynamic environment within which he/she will do business. Ethics and social responsibility, honor, integrity, and trust were values he professed. While encouraging his students to be involved in community and social issues, he himself had been actively involved both on the stage and behind the scenes in participating in the management students’ charitable organization, CASCO, in its annual fund-raising show for CHEO, had served on the Board of Directors of the Ottawa Youth Centre, had sat on the Province of Ontario’s Courts Management Board and was a member of the selection committee for Justices of the Peace. He had also been active in teaching senior police administrators from all over the world at the Canadian Police College.

Professor Koppel was passionate about the University, the School, his teaching, and his students. He expected a great deal from those around him, but also of himself. He exuded energy and dedication to his work. He enjoyed what he did and considered himself a very fortunate person to have done the things that he loved the most. It is with immense sadness that the Telfer School of Management announced that Professor Peter Koppel passed away on Sunday, June 9, 2013 leaving his wife Ann Koppel to honour his legacy.


Recognize a student who has exemplified academic achievement, social responsibility, and involvement in the community at the Telfer School of Management.


Eligibility Criteria

The applicant must:

1. be registered as a full-time student in the second year of an undergraduate program at the Telfer School of Management;

2. have a CGPA of at least 8.0 during his/her first year of studies; and

3. demonstrate burgeoning leadership in the student community, the university environment or beyond, through for example club involvement, and an overall spirit of social responsibility.

Note : preference will be given to student who participated in CASCO or the Career Ambassador Program.

Value of the award: Minimum $1,000

Number of awards: Minimum one

Frequency of the award: Annual

Level or program of study: Undergraduate

Application contact: Financial Aid and Awards Service

Application deadline: October 31

*Note : the amount awarded to the recipient will be credited towards his/her student account, which can be used towards his/her 2nd year tuition fees.


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