Thirteen Young Canadians Embark on an Opportunity of a Lifetime



    
    The International Scholarship Foundation announces $120,000 in awards for
                           post graduate education
    

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, Sept. 24 /CNW/ - With dreams for making a real and
lasting impression on the world around them, 13 young Canadians have been
offered help from The International Scholarship Foundation (The ISF) to make
those dreams become a reality.
    As sponsor of USC Education Savings Plans, The ISF has been a dedicated
promoter of the value of post-secondary education to Canadian families for
more than 40 years. Each year, as another tangible way of encouraging young
Canadians to pursue their dreams, The ISF provides a one-time, merit-based
monetary award to selected students to help cover the cost of their ongoing
education. These awards have a combined value of $120,000.
    This year's candidates represent a variety of fields ranging from
medicine, engineering and the arts, to international affairs and social
studies. Top candidates not only excelled in their academic studies, but also
held meaningful positions within their university and local
communities-showing their commitment to creating a better tomorrow.
    Students who held a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) with USC
Education Savings Plans Inc. (USCI) while completing their undergraduate
degrees were eligible to apply for this post graduate award.
    "Saving for your child's education is a long-term commitment. These post
graduate awards are one way of giving back to the families we have served over
the years," said Stuart H.B. Smith, Chairman, The ISF. "It is also an
expression of our appreciation of the value and importance of post secondary
education."

    
    This year, there were more than 60 applications and 13 winners. This
    year's winners are:

    -   Jenna Wiens, recipient of the 2008 Arnold Edinborough Award valued at
        $25,000. Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario Undergrad program: Bachelor of
        Engineering, Carleton University This award honours Arnold
        Edinborough, who served as Chairman and Director for the ISF from
        1974 to 2000.
    -   Gina Snelgrove, recipient of $15,000 award. Hometown: Lindell Beach,
        British Columbia Undergrad program: Bachelor of Science, Bishop's
        University
    -   Aleha Aziz, recipient of $15,000 award. Hometown: Toronto, Ontario
        Undergrad program: Bachelor of Arts, Williams College
    -   Anna Holland, recipient of $10,000 award. Hometown: Toronto, Ontario
        Undergrad program: Bachelor of Health Sciences, McMaster University
    -   Jacalynne Hernandez-Lee, recipient of $8,000 award. Hometown:
        Halifax, Nova Scotia Undergrad program: Bachelor of Science,
        Dalhousie University
    -   Kelsie Ann Laing, recipient of $8,000 award. Hometown: St. Albert,
        Alberta Undergrad program: Bachelor of Arts, University of Alberta
    -   Christina Mau Nowik, recipient of $6,000 award. Hometown: Kingston,
        Ontario Undergrad program: Bachelor of Arts, Cornell University
    -   Niranjan Vijayakanthan, recipient of $6,000 award. Hometown: Sudbury,
        Ontario Undergrad program: Bachelor of Health Sciences, McMaster
        University
    -   Kristen Karlese Wood, recipient of $6,000 award. Hometown: Port
        Coquitlam, British Columbia Undergrad program: Bachelor of Arts,
        Simon Fraser University
    -   Sonia Larissa Tereszczenko, recipient of $6,000 award. Hometown:
        Novi, Michigan Undergrad program: Bachelor of Science, Lawrence
        Technological University
    -   Imola Reka Ilyes, recipient of $5,000 award. Hometown: Toronto,
        Ontario Undergrad program: Bachelor of Arts, York University
    -   Helen Hoang, recipient of $5,000 award. Hometown: Toronto, Ontario
        Undergrad program: Bachelor of Science, University of Toronto
    -   Fifi (Kofi) Kobia, recipient of $5,000 award. Hometown: Orleans,
        Ontario Undergrad program: Bachelor of Arts, Carleton University

    Submissions are currently being accepted for next year's awards at
    www.usc.ca.
    

    USCI, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the International Scholarship
Foundation, is the exclusive distributor and administrator of USC Education
Savings Plans. For more than 40 years, the company has been helping Canadian
families enjoy the peace of mind that comes with a sound education savings
strategy. USCI has over 400 licensed sales representatives across Canada, and
administers assets of $2.4 billion (as at April 30th, 2008).





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For further information: Media Relations Contact: Paul Renaud, Vice
President Corporate Affairs & General Counsel, USC Education Savings Plans
Inc., (905) 270-4630, PRenaud@usc.ca

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