Future medical leaders off to a great start with Canadian Medical Hall of Fame Scholarship

LONDON, ON, Sept. 25, 2015 /CNW/ - Four exceptionally bright and community-minded students are beginning their university education with big smiles and a lighter financial load. The students have been named the 2015 recipients of The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame / Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life Scholarship Award. 

The four scholarship recipients are: Shanna Yeung of Vancouver, British Columbia; Charmaine Holland of Fort Erie, Ontario; Alexander Ni of Pierrefonds, Quebec; and Catherine Dunne of Conception Bay South, Newfoundland and Labrador. Between them these young leaders have received more than 40 academic and leadership awards and have founded or contributed significantly to 15 community service and charitable organizations.  Read more about these accomplished students in the attached fact sheets or on our website. CLICK HERE

This scholarship opportunity is available to high school students aspiring to a career in medicine or the health sciences. It provides $1,000 each year towards a four-year undergraduate degree at a Canadian university.

"This year's scholarship recipients are truly over-the-top achievers who have demonstrated leadership skills and passion for community engagement through their academic and extra-curricular success.  We are grateful to Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life for enabling us to continue to inspire young people to pursue their dreams in health science through this scholarship," said Lissa Foster, CMHF Executive Director.

"This funding helps deserving students pursue their goals through a Canadian medical and academic centre," said Jan Belanger, Vice-President, Community Relations, Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life. "The ultimate goal is to develop and keep medical expertise in Canada, to help ensure the future of health care for Canadians. We're proud to promote the health sciences as an essential career path."

Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life serve the financial security needs of more than 12 million people across Canada. Through their national corporate citizenship program, the companies work alongside non-profit, charitable and community organizations to build stronger communities together.

The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame is a national charitable organization that celebrates Canada's medical heroes and inspires young people to pursue careers in the health sciences through its induction ceremonies, exhibit hall and educational programs.

The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame / GreatWest Life,  London Life and Canada Life Scholarship Award

Report on 2015 Scholarship Winners

Four young Canadians with stellar academic careers and a passion for helping others and improving lives have been selected as this year's winners of the 2015 Canadian Medical Hall of Fame / GreatWest Life, London Life and Canada Life Scholarship Award. Each recipient receives $1,000 per year toward a fouryear undergraduate degree in Health Sciences.  Our scholarship program is administered in association with The Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC). The selection committee is currently chaired by Dr. Michael J. Rieder of Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University and includes the CMHF board student rep and a faculty of medicine administrator. 

Shanna Yeung of Vancouver, BC attending University of British Columbia
"Running between multiple jobs, volunteering, extracurricular activities, and studying, gets incredibly stressful. By lightening my financial burden, this scholarship will allow me to focus on leading positive change in our world through volunteer work and research and still have energy to try my hardest in my studies.  This scholarship means a lot to me and my family. Thank you so much!"

Charmaine Holland of Fort Erie, ON attending McMaster University
"It is an honour to be a recipient of The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame Scholarship. This scholarship will help to fund my post-secondary education which will provide me with the necessary knowledge and skills to become a geriatric physician."

Alexander Ni of Pierrefonds, QC attending 2nd year CEGEP, Marianopolis College
"I am thrilled and so honoured to receive this prestigious scholarship. It validates the path that I have taken so far and encourages my desire to pursue a career in internal medicine. I express my sincere gratitude to The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame and to Great-West Life, London Life, and Canada Life for helping me realize my dreams and ambitions."

Catherine Dunne of Conception Bay South, NL attending Western University
"I am extremely honored and grateful to receive this prestigious scholarship from The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame, Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life. This scholarship and the laureates in The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame have further inspired me to pursue my passion for global health, social justice issues and volunteerism, and to strive for excellence throughout my undergraduate years and beyond in order to have a meaningful impact on the field of medicine. Thank you."

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SOURCE Canadian Medical Hall of Fame

For further information: Lissa Foster, Executive Director, The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame, 519.488.2003, x100, lfoster@cdnmedhall.org; Marlene Klassen, Assistant Vice-President, Communication Services, Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life, 204.946.7705 marlene.klassen@gwl.ca


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