Nine students recognized through RBC Undergraduate Scholarship awards - Top three win once-in-a-lifetime learning experience



    TORONTO, Dec. 18 /CNW/ - Nine undergraduate students will receive a
financial reward to assist them with tuition and school-related expenses after
being named recipients of the 2007 RBC Undergraduate Scholarship awards. The
top three applicants will be awarded "gold" prizes each worth $5,000, as well
as one-of-a-kind personal experiences chosen by the winners themselves. Three
"silver" and three "bronze" scholarships are also being awarded, at $3,000 and
$2,000 respectively.
    This year's educational experiences selected by the top three are a
four-day photography workshop in Ottawa; a meeting with Ron Joyce, co-founder
of Tim Horton's and a former Entrepreneur of the Year; and an excursion to
Halifax to learn about marine wildlife and human and environmental health and
safety.
    "We know many undergraduate students are looking for real-world
experiences that will better prepare them for their future," said Kavita
Joshi, national director, Student Markets. "By participating in practical,
hands-on activities, we hope these well-deserving students will take home
valuable lessons that will stay with them both in school and long after they
graduate."
    Scholarships were awarded to students based on their community
involvement and written responses to six essay questions relating to creative
and practical ideas for innovation and improvement in the fields of business,
science or visual arts.

    The 2007 Gold winners of $5,000 plus a personal learning experience are:

    DAVID WEN

    David is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Commerce at Queen's University.
He selected the "Always Fresh" business experience that will see him fly to
the Fox Harb'r Golf Resort & Spa in Wallace, Nova Scotia on a private flight
with Mr. Ron Joyce, Co-Founder of Tim Hortons and Chairman Emeritus of the Tim
Horton Children's Foundation. In addition to the time David will spend with
one of Canada's most successful entrepreneurs, he will also be given a guided
tour of the Tim Horton's Children's Camp in Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia.

    CRAIG FOLLETT

    Craig is working towards an Honours Business Administration degree and a
Bachelor of Engineering Science in Software Engineering at the University of
Western Ontario. He will be participating in the "Toxic Science" experience.
This will involve travelling to Halifax, Nova Scotia where he will spend time
learning about issues related to toxicology and human health. Craig will also
receive a privately guided harbour tour aboard a 40' Cape Island fishing boat
to learn about local species of marine wildlife.

    JANICE JOO

    Janice is currently pursuing an Honours Bachelor of Health Sciences
degree at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. She has selected the
"Gatineau in the Fall" visual arts experience for which she will be flown to
Ottawa to participate in a four-day Gatineau Park Photography Workshop with
photographer and workshop instructor Willie McElligott. While there, Janice
will be exploring elements of light, colour and composition at Gatineau Park
during the peak of fall colour.

    The Silver winners of $3,000 each are:

    JASON BROWN

    Jason is working towards a Bachelor of Business Administration at the
Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto. He has an interest
in marketing and entrepreneurship, and is currently working on developing
technology that will allow consumers to use their cellular phones to redeem
coupons from advertisements.

    AMANDA THOMPSON

    Amanda is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree at McMaster University in
Hamilton, Ontario. She plans to pursue a career in biotechnology or
pharmaceuticals. Her goal is to improve the lives of Canadians "through the
development of therapeutics".

    HEATHER SMITH

    Heather is working towards a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Alberta College
of Art & Design in Calgary, Alberta. She plans to work as a freelance
illustrator and later hopes to teach. Through her work she hopes to encourage
a greater appreciation for images in a "media-saturated culture".

    The Bronze winners of $2,000 each are:

    GREG OVERHOLT

    Greg is working towards both a Bachelor of Business Administration and
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science at Wilfrid Laurier University in
Waterloo, Ontario. He plans to use his business and technical education to
"develop solutions to real-world problems that will have a positive impact on
the lives of others".

    STEPHANIE TOM

    Stephanie is pursuing an Honours Arts and Science degree in Biochemistry
at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. She plans to work as a science
researcher. She is currently working on developing a handheld device that will
help physicians quickly diagnose infectious diseases.

    MEGHAN SCOTT

    Meghan is working towards an Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Arts
at York University in Toronto, Ontario. She one day hopes to be a professor of
visual arts. Her goal is "to encourage people to think critically about visual
culture and gain an appreciation of the artistic influence behind the images
we see everyday".

    For more information about the RBC Royal Bank Scholarship for
Undergraduates, as well as application forms for 2008, please visit
www.rbcroyalbank.com/scholarships/undergraduate/.

    RBC's Scholarship Awards Program offers a diverse range of scholarship
awards to help address the critical need for student funding across Canada. In
2006, RBC awarded over 320 scholarships, totalling more than $600,000.
Scholarships are available for students still in high school, pursuing
undergraduate studies at college or university, and those entering
professional programs in medicine or dentistry. Specialized scholarships are
also available to New Canadians, Junior A hockey players, and Aboriginal
students. For more information about RBC's Scholarship Program please visit
www.rbcroyalbank.com/scholarships/.




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