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Dimension Data Establishes the Steve Ross Scholarship

Perpetual fund celebrates the legacy of an inspirational IT education leader.
  • 19 December, 2008 12:45

<p>Dimension Data Australia has established the Steve Ross Scholarship program in memory of Steve ‘Chipper’ Ross, who died in December 2007 while serving as General Manager of Dimension Data Learning Solutions. Steve was not just highly regarded and loved within Dimension Data. He was also widely respected in the IT industry as one of the best and most innovative leaders for IT education and training in Australia.</p>
<p>The Steve Ross Scholarship (the ‘Scholarship’) will provide $15,000 annually, with half allocated each year to support an applicant undertaking study at The Salvation Army’s Booth College, and the other $7,500 to support education for deserving applicants from amongst Dimension Data’s Australian staff.</p>
<p>One of the Scholarship’s purposes is to support Dimension Data’s employees who intend to focus on their studies or research in order to advance their career in the Dimension Data group. As part of the Scholarship, employees will choose an area or topic(s) relating, where possible, to their role or field of expertise at Dimension Data.</p>
<p>“Chipper was a fantastic role model in Dimension Data, and a great believer in the power of personal enthusiasm and positive energy. He was a larger than life figure and will not be forgotten by anyone who worked with him. From a Dimension Data perspective, we want to ensure that Steve’s name, his character and the values he stood for are not lost to our organisation with his passing. His legacy in our organisation and in the field of IT education will not be forgotten, thanks to his Scholarship,” said Steve Nola, Australian CEO, Dimension Data.</p>
<p>The other half of the Scholarship funds will provide support to one student for the duration of his or her studies in the two-year residential officer training course at Booth College, The Salvation Army's education and training body in the Australia Eastern Territory.</p>
<p>“During his life, Chipper was a passionate advocate and supporter of The Salvation Army and Chipper’s family believed that it was most appropriate for his Scholarship to also support educational endeavours within this organisation,” said Mr Nola. “We’re proud to support an organisation such as The Salvation Army, which has done an incredible job for many years in our community.”</p>
<p>“The Salvation Army assists one million people a year through our social services, and our officers are at the ‘coal face’ through disasters, emergencies and welfare centres,” said Michelle Hillman, Corporate &amp; Business Appeals Coordinator, The Salvation Army.</p>
<p>“The Salvation Army is honoured to be the recipient of the Steve Ross Scholarship and this will make it possible for cadets who may not otherwise be able to study and serve the community."</p>
<p>The Scholarship is being launched on December 27, 2008 to commemorate the first anniversary of Steve’s passing. For more enquiries about the Scholarship, please email scholarshipcontact@didata.com.au.</p>
<p>About Steve Ross</p>
<p>Affectionately known by all as ‘Chipper’, Steve Ross was a Dimension Data stalwart who, over 13 years with the company, shaped the company’s Learning Solutions business and established it as a market leader for IT training. He achieved this through his energy and passion for the industry, and his optimism and boundless enthusiasm for the business and the people at Dimension Data.</p>
<p>Chipper was not just highly regarded and loved within Dimension Data. He was also widely respected in the IT industry as one of the best and most innovative leaders for IT education and training in Australia.</p>
<p>About Dimension Data</p>
<p>Dimension Data plc (LSE:DDT), a specialist IT services and solution provider, helps clients plan, build, support and manage their IT infrastructures. Dimension Data applies its expertise in networking, security, operating environments, storage and contact centre technologies and its unique skills in consulting, integration and managed services to create customised client solutions.</p>

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