10 students receive graduate-studies funding for academic prowess
TORONTO, Sept. 30, 2011 /CNW/ - Ten Canadian university students will
receive a welcome reprieve from the expenses of graduate school after
being selected to receive $7,500 each to put toward their rising
tuition fees by their RESP provider.
The 10 students — from across the country — received their awards just
as a recent report from Statistics Canada was released showing fees for
graduate studies had outpaced inflation. Graduate tuition fees rose 3.7
per cent in 2011, one per cent higher than the inflation rate.
The award recipients are part of an ongoing program by the Canadian
Scholarship Trust Foundation, a non-profit organization specializing in
RESPs, which has invested more than $1 million into awards for graduate
students since they launched them in 1984.
"As the competitive nature of today's educationally driven society
grows, a graduate degree is more important than ever," said Kathryn
Manning, who will be using her award money to study medical physics at
the University of Western Ontario. "These studies not only offer
graduates academic and research opportunities globally, they open the
door for innovative research that can often lead to important medical
and scientific findings."
The Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation Graduate Awards are given
annually to students who demonstrate not only academic excellence, but
also an active involvement in student organizations, extra-curricular
activities, volunteer work and civic engagement.
"We take great pride in offering these awards to students," said Sherry
MacDonald, President and CEO of the Canadian Scholarship Trust
Foundation. "They deserve recognition for the exceptional time and
energy they've put into their studies and to helping those around them.
We know they will go on to make a valuable contribution to the
communities in which they work and live."
Many of the students took time out of their already busy course loads to
provide support to others. Vancouver native Serena Wong hosted a weekly
radio show to raise awareness about mental illness, suicide and coping
skills while she studied psychology at Queen's University. Vishal
Varshney, whose studies in biology will serve him well in medical
school at the University of Calgary, raised awareness of global public
health initiatives while also serving as a mentor at the Boys & Girls
Clubs of Calgary.
"These are truly exceptional and well-rounded individuals and we wish
them success as they pursue their studies and careers," said MacDonald.
For more information about the Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation
and/or its awards program, visit: www.cst.org
Full list of 2011 Graduate Award Winners:
Nicole Von Alkier, Prince George British Columbia
Kathryn Yvonne Manning, St. John's Newfoundland
Spencer Wheatley, Waterloo Ontario
Liam Gillis, Sydney Nova Scotia
Serena Wong, Vancouver British Columbia
Vishal Varshney, Calgary Alberta
Charmain Hamilton, Saskatoon Saskatchewan
Laura Dale, Calgary Alberta
Catherine Brenna Baggs, Kingston Ontario
Keri Lynn Williams, Calgary Alberta
The Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation is a non-profit organization
that has been helping families save for post-secondary education for
over fifty years. As a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Foundation,
C.S.T. Consultants Inc. (CST) is the distributor and manager of the
Canadian Scholarship Trust Plans. Focused exclusively on growing and
protecting its planholders' savings, CST currently manages over $3.3
billion in assets for over 250,000 Canadian families. The Canadian
Scholarship Trust Foundation offers its own awards for academic
achievement and community engagement to those students in their Group
Plans who are pursuing graduate studies. CST boasts a sales force of
640 located across the country.
SOURCE Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation
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