University of Waterloo offers Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Award

WATERLOO, ON, July 26, 2011 /CNW/ - A new student award, called Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Award, has been established at the University of Waterloo.

The award is made possible through the generosity of the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston, who gave a special gift to the University of Waterloo in order to honour the marriage of Their Royal Highnesses.

Their Excellencies decided to designate their personal contribution to the University of Waterloo to create The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Award, because of their strong belief that education provides the knowledge and tools for students to set their own objectives in reaching their full potential.

"This is a grand honour for the University of Waterloo to have a student award named after Their Royal Highnesses," said Feridun Hamdullahpur, president of the University of Waterloo. "The recipient will be an academically gifted student who possesses a strong record in volunteering and leadership, key aspects highly valued and extensively nurtured by His Excellency while he was president of Waterloo."

The award is one of many new scholarships and fundraising initiatives to support the education of students at the University of Waterloo. During the successful Campaign Waterloo, led by His Excellency in his former role as president of the University of Waterloo, a total of 529 new bursary and scholarship awards were established.

Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Award will be administered by the University of Waterloo and offered on a one-time basis, during the 2011-2012 academic year. Valued at $5,000, it will be awarded to financially support a student who has volunteer and/or leadership experience and is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.

Preference will be given to a student who is pursuing studies related to the British Monarchy or to Canadian Aboriginal peoples, as well as to a student who has received the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

For more information about the criteria and application deadlines for Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Award, go to http://grad.uwaterloo.ca/forms/Scholarships/Duke_and_Duchess_of_Cambridge_application.pdf

About Waterloo

The University of Waterloo, located at the heart of Canada's Technology Triangle, is one of Canada's leading comprehensive universities. Waterloo is home to 30,000 full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate students who are dedicated to making the future better and brighter. Waterloo, known for the largest post- secondary co-operative education program in the world, supports enterprising partnerships in learning, research and discovery. For more information about Waterloo, visit www.uwaterloo.ca.

For further information:

John Morris, Waterloo media relations, 519-888-4435 or john.morris@uwaterloo.ca