The 1983 South China Morning Post Student of the Year said the award was a stepping stone to success and gave her confidence. Ferheen Mahomed excelled at school and university and is now director of Group Capital Markets Lawyers of Societe Generale. She studied at Sacred Heart Canossian College and was nominated for the Student of the Year award by her principal when she was in Form Six. She scored four Grade As at A-Level and went to the University of Hong Kong to study law. Afterwards, she won a prestigious Rhodes Scholarship to study for a Bachelor of Civil Laws degree at Oxford. When she won the Student of the Year award 15 years ago, she was presented with a nine-day trip to Japan and $3,000. 'I opened a new account to keep the $3,000, because I was afraid that I wouldn't have enough money to pay my university fees,' she said. Her first success inspired Ms Mahomed to apply for other scholarships and programmes. 'Even the interview by the award judges was a very good experience for me because it was the first time I was exposed to an external interview,' she said. 'Also, I won the award after such a difficult interview that it made me understand I could try a lot of new things. 'And I still keep that bank account as a reminder of winning the award.' The successful businesswoman has some advice for students: 'Just believe in yourself and try to find out your potential and develop that.'