Chief Commissioner of Scouts Canada Congratulates Outstanding Young Scholarship Recipients



    OTTAWA, June 25 /CNW Telbec/ - Eighteen outstanding students involved in
Canadian Scouting have learned they will each receive scholarships of $1,000
to support their studies. Among them are an aspiring teacher, a student
challenged by autism, a school council president, a citizenship award
recipient and a future rehabilitation specialist. Their stories are all
inspiring. What they share in common is the fact that Scouting has been an
essential and defining force in their lives.
    The scholarships are awarded annually by the Scouts Canada Foundation to
recognize excellence in academics, demonstrated Scouting history, involvement
and achievement, and dedication to community service. This year's recipients
were chosen from among 100 applicants nationwide.
    "It comes as no surprise to me that we have so many well deserving
applicants in Canadian Scouting youth," said Steve Kent, Chief Commissioner
for Scouts Canada. "Scouts Canada has long been known for developing leaders
and encouraging its youth to do their best. The 2009 scholarship recipients
are individuals who lead by example both within and beyond the Scouting
Movement. I'm very proud of each of them, and pleased that the Scouts Canada
Foundation can help support their ongoing education in this way."
    The Scouts Canada Foundation scholarships have been awarded annually for
the past twelve years to support Scouts Canada youth members who are entering
or continuing full time studies at a Canadian university or college.
Applicants are required to submit a 200-word essay on the true meaning of
Scouting. The Fellowhip Program provides funding for the scholarships, which
are presented in memory of Reginald K. Groome who served as chairman of the
Boy Scouts of Canada Trust in the late 1990s.
    The Scouts Canada Foundation was established to raise, invest, and
administer funds to support special projects outside the field of day-to-day
Scouting operations. The Foundation accepts bequests and donations for special
projects.

    The 2009 Reginald K. Groome Scholarship recipients are:

    
    Ryan Beaumont, Abbotsford BC        Krista Bryan, Toronto ON
    Andrew Crawford, Brechin ON         Myles Harnum, Deer Lake NL
    Justin Hingley, Truro NS            Amanda Jones, Bradford ON
    Daniel Kelly, Calgary AB            Kyle Leslie, Ottawa ON
    Daniel MacDonald, Kingston ON       Justin Mah, Calgary AB
    Megan Mierau, Yorkton SK            Nolan Murley, Abbotsford BC
    Scott Nordlund, Surrey BC           Robert Oleniuk, Wattford ON
    Serena Read, Port Alberni BC        Adam Saunders, Beaver Bank NS
    Michael Stewart, Truro NS           Amy Szybalski, Thunder Bay ON
    

    Scouts Canada is the country's leading youth organization, offering fun
and exciting programs and adventure for boys, girls and youth ages 5 to 26.
Scouting teaches youth about the active role they can play in helping to
create a better world. Scouts Canada has close to 100,000 members.




For further information:

For further information: or to arrange an interview contact: Lisa
Nowlan, Director of Communications Scouts Canada, (613) 224-5134 ext. 271,
lnowlan@scouts.ca


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