Allison Kane Memorial Prize Recipient is Michelle Kozdras 

Posted on Tuesday, July 13th, 2021

Written by The John F. Wood Centre For Business and Student Enterprise

Michelle Kozdras
The John F. Wood Centre would like to congratulate Michelle Kozdras as the 2021 recipient of the Allison Kane Memorial Entrepreneurship Prize. The $1,000 scholarship is awarded annually to a student who has completed the Wood Centre’s Business Consulting Course and has demonstrated the highest level of commitment to community-based entrepreneurship.    
The scholarship was established in memory of Allison Kane, a former University of Guelph student who returned to her family business after graduation and was a well-respected leader in her community.   
The Wood Centre is proud to present this award to Michelle in Allison Kane’s memory.  Michelle is a graduating LANG student who has contributed to the campus community through participation in her academics, entrepreneurial clubs and competitions, and through her own startup. 
Michelle participated in the management consulting course where her team worked with a local not- for-profit to help develop a sustainable business plan. Michelle’s project has taken off and is now being implemented through this organization.   
Michelle was also an active member of Enactus, a university club, dedicated to making the world a better place through student leaders and social enterprises.  Here she worked as the Project Manager of team Flourish who was working to reduce waste by using spent grain from breweries in baked goods. 
Michelle took her passion for community-based entrepreneurship into extra-curricular activities while she participated in the Lang Sustainability Conference and the Improve Life Challenge.  Through both competitions Michelle received awards for her thoughtful solutions.  
Outside of academics, Michelle also spent her time working on her own startup where she created an online math tutoring service.  This service filled a need for students who were not able to do in person schooling during the pandemic.   
The Wood Centre would like to thank Michelle for her commitment to community-based entrepreneurship and wish her well as she graduates! We know Michelle will continue to make a positive impact wherever she goes! 


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