Halifax student receives Foresters academic scholarship

    Sir John A. Macdonald high school grad to attend Saint Mary's University

    TORONTO, June 11 /CNW/ - Halifax-area student, Robert Shea from Upper
Tantallon, will receive up to $8,000 through a Foresters Competitive
Scholarship(1) for demonstrating academic excellence, leadership qualities and
volunteerism - cornerstones of Foresters values. Robert, who graduates this
June from Sir John A. Macdonald High School, plans to attend Saint Mary's
University in September to pursue a bachelor's degree in business.
    Foresters, a member-based life insurance provider with members throughout
Nova Scotia, has invested in the futures of more than 4,400 students over the
past 25 years. The Foresters Competitive Scholarship program supports
Foresters mission to champion the well-being of families by providing quality
life insurance, unique member benefits and inspiring community activities.
    "I've always been an active volunteer and really enjoy participating in
community events. To receive a scholarship in recognition of that and my hard
work at school is amazing," said Robert Shea. "This scholarship is a huge
financial stress reliever and will make my transition to university much
    An athlete who participated in most school sports, Robert also made time
to volunteer with a minor league hockey team, the Lion's Club's Christmas Tree
Charity, a program to clean beaches and the St. Margaret's Sailing Club.
Robert will also be volunteering his time for an upcoming Foresters playground
building project in Purcell's Cove on June 17.
    "Robert epitomizes what the Foresters Competitive Scholarship stands for
- academic excellence and a passion for community involvement," said George
Mohacsi, President and CEO, Foresters. "I'd like to congratulate him on his
hard work and wish him well at Saint Mary's University. I am proud that
Foresters can support our members and their families with this unique
    The Foresters Competitive Scholarship Program is available to members and
their dependent children in Canada and the United States. The scholarship is
also available to members who are currently enrolled as mature students over
25 years of age and to those attending undergraduate university, vocational
college or trade school.
    The successful scholarship recipient is awarded $2,000 for up to four
years or until their first degree is obtained. A Foresters grant can help pay
for tuition, books, supplies, residence, clothes, food or other expenses.

    About Foresters

    Founded in 1874 as a fraternal benefit society, ForestersTM champions the
well-being of families through quality life insurance, unique member benefits
and inspiring community activities. Foresters shares its financial strength
with more than 650,000 members in the United States, Canada and the United
Kingdom. Unity Life of Canada(*), a wholly owned subsidiary of Foresters,
represents Foresters in Canada. Foresters is celebrating its 135th anniversary
in 2009. For more information, please visit www.foresters.com.

    Foresters(TM) is a trademark of The Independent Order of Foresters, a
fraternal benefit society, Toronto, Canada M3C 1T9.

    (*) Unity Life of Canada, a Foresters company, is a wholly owned subsidiary
of The Independent Order of Foresters

    (1) Foresters Competitive Scholarship program is a competition for
        scholarships of $2,000 per year, for up to four years, open to
        eligible applicants meeting the eligibility requirements. Scholarship
        recipients are selected from the completed applications submitted
        before the deadline date. This program is administered by the
        Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada.

For further information:

For further information: Irene Shimoda, Director, Public Relations,
Foresters, (416) 429-3000 x4651, 877-664-6602 (toll free),

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