Generous endowment creates new opportunities for Aboriginal students at George Brown College



    TORONTO, June 7 /CNW/ - Aboriginal students enrolled in the Chef School
at George Brown College will now have the opportunity to access additional
sources of financial support thanks to a generous endowment gift from Mr.
Aditya Jha, a leading business entrepreneur and chairman of the POA
Educational Foundation. The $250,000 endowment, which includes matched funds
from the Ontario Trust for Student Support, was announced today at an event at
Siegfried's, George Brown College's student-run restaurant.
    The new endowment will provide two annual awards targeted to Aboriginal
students in culinary programs and a third award will be targeted to an
Aboriginal student with specific entrepreneurial interests, preferably also in
the culinary area. The first award will be presented in 2008.
    "Mr. Jha's decision to support Aboriginal students at George Brown
College through the establishment of a scholarship endowment is wonderful
news," stated Anne Sado, President of George Brown College. "Mr. Jha and the
POA Educational Foundation share our commitment to education and our focus on
student success. This new endowment will go a long way in supporting our goal
of meeting the needs of Aboriginal students for access to postsecondary
education."
    "I was tremendously fortunate to have a good education and I really
believe it makes all the difference in the world," says Mr. Aditya Jha, CEO of
Osellus Inc. and Chairman of the POA Educational Foundation. "I see this
partnership as the first step in an ongoing collaboration to further the
success of Aboriginal students at George Brown College."

    About George Brown College

    Established in 1967, George Brown's three campuses are located in
downtown Toronto, the most multicultural city in the world. With more than
14,000 full-time students, including 1,400 international students, GBC is one
of Ontario's fastest growing colleges. GBC offers more that 150 programs
ranging from one-year certificates to four-year bachelor's degrees. In
addition, over 50,000 continuing education students are enrolled in more than
1,300 courses.

    About POA Educational Foundation

    The POA Educational Foundation was established in 2002 as a registered
Canadian Private Foundation with charitable status by a successful Canadian IT
entrepreneur, Aditya Jha. The POA Foundation supports projects based on three
distinct values: the promotion of accessible and high-quality education, the
nurturing of entrepreneurship, and the strengthening of global civil society
and governance.





For further information:

For further information: Paul Zanettos, Media Relations Consultant,
George Brown College, Office: (416) 415-5000 ext. 3428, Mobile: (416)
893-5435, pzanettos@rogers.com


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