DST Announces Robert L. Gould Scholastic Award Winners For 2013-2014

Jun 06, 2014, 11:53 ET from DST Systems, Inc.

KANSAS CITY, Mo., June 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- DST, a global provider of strategically unified data management, business processing, and customer communications solutions, today announced the winners of the 2013/2014 ROBERT L. GOULD SCHOLASTIC AWARD.

The annual award recognizes outstanding university students who produce papers on designated topics related to the financial services industry. The universities may submit up to three student papers for consideration of the award.  Students from Avila University, University of Kansas, Park University, Rockhurst University, Saint Louis University, Truman State University, University of Missouri KC, Northwest Missouri State University, Central Missouri State University, and Kansas State University participated.

This year's topic of interest focused on the application and benefits of big data, specifically with regard to the relationship between investment product companies, advisors, and consumers. Students were asked to explore the ways big data could be used to strengthen aspects of the current relationship models or to create disruptive alternative models.

Based on the evaluation of submitted student papers by representatives of DST, the 2013/2014 Robert L. Gould Scholastic Award Winners are:

  • 1st Place: Brittani Ball, Shaun Kelly, Yehong Lyu and Stephanie Steger, from Avila University, for "A Big Data Perspective."
  • 2nd Place: Joel Poindexter, from Rockhurst University, for "Disruptive Model for the Use of Data Analysis by DST Systems."
  • 3rd Place: David Sheets, from Saint Louis University, for "Spend, Save, Invest."

Grants will be awarded in the amounts of $10,000, $7,500, and $5,000 for first, second, and third place, respectively.

"Once again we were amazed by the caliber of students competing for the award and the quality of the work they submitted," said Debralee Goldberg, president of DST's U.S. Investment Recordkeeping organization. "Ours is a very competitive industry, and I'm encouraged by the number of incredibly talented young people who want to be part of it."  

The award was named for Robert L. Gould, who served as DST's president from 1984 until his death in 1987. DST recently revised the cash award to better reflect his legacy of effective utilization of operations management and information technology to advance the financial services industry.

The 2013/2014 Gould Scholastic Awards were presented to the winners at a special ceremony in Kansas City.

About DST Systems
DST Systems, Inc. is a leading provider of sophisticated information processing and servicing solutions to companies around the world. Through its global enterprise, DST delivers strategically unified data management, business processing, and customer communications solutions to the asset management, brokerage, retirement, and healthcare markets. Headquartered in Kansas City, MO., DST is a publicly-traded company on the New York Stock Exchange. For more information, visit www.dstsystems.com.

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