Two Saskatchewan students win 2007 RBC Aboriginal Scholarships



    SASKATCHEWAN, June 12 /CNW/ - Two of eight aboriginal students from
across Canada to receive a scholarship this year from RBC hail from
Saskatchewan.
    Jerrett Lafontaine, a Treaty Indian from Yorkton and Robert Daniels, a
Treaty Indian from Mistawasis band, are both winners of the 13th annual RBC
Aboriginal Student Awards program. Each will receive $4,000 annually for their
education expenses for a maximum of four years at university or two years at
college.
    "Investing in the bright future of these individuals is an investment in
the future of their communities," said Kay Lerat, manager, Aboriginal Markets.
"Jerrett and Robert have both demonstrated a capacity for leadership,
community involvement and creativity that RBC is proud to recognize."
    Jerrett Lafontaine, who will be in his second year at the University of
Regina this fall, is studying Business Administration. He credits his
participation in the Stay in School program and his cousin for inspiring him
to achieve his dream of attending university. He hopes to be a positive role
model for his younger siblings as well.
    Robert Daniels has been accepted into the MBA Program at the University
of Saskatchewan. He is a former social worker and the proud father of three
children.
    The RBC Aboriginal Student Awards Program is offered to students
currently enrolled in post-secondary studies. Recipients who are interested in
pursuing careers in the financial services industry are also considered for
summer and post-graduate employment opportunities with RBC. Selections are
made by an independent committee of academics from the aboriginal community,
and are based on personal and academic achievements as well as individual
financial need. To date, RBC has awarded 69 scholarships totalling $834,000 to
Aboriginal students in Canada.
    RBC has a long-standing relationship with Canada's Aboriginal Peoples and
in 2006 donated over $950,000 to support Aboriginal causes. In addition to the
Aboriginal Student Awards Program, RBC also supports the Historica
Foundation's heritage programs for Aboriginal students and donated funds to
the Dominion Institute to support its Aboriginal Youth Writing Challenge.





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