Lakehead University Announces Major Tuition Offer In Push to Acquire and Retain Best & Brightest

    Offer Unique in Ontario

    THUNDER BAY, ON, Sept. 23 /CNW/ - Today, Lakehead University announced an
offer of free tuition for Canadian students coming directly from a recognized
Canadian high school with a 95% average. This is a unique entrance scholarship
in that no other university in Ontario rewards students with free tuition at
the same level for four years.
    Lakehead is making the offer in a concerted effort to acquire and retain
the best and brightest students from around the region, and across Canada.
Amid rising tuition costs, Lakehead's tuition offer is expected to be a major
draw for eligible students. The scholarship is available to Canadian scholars
with a 95% average entering Lakehead University from a recognized Canadian
high school curriculum. Robert Perrier, Manager of Undergraduate Recruitment
at Lakehead University explains, "The scholarship is automatically renewable
for up to four years at the same level, provided that an 85% average is
maintained in each subsequent academic year. If a student's university
academic average falls between 80.0% - 84.9%, the student will receive an
amended scholarship value at $2,500 per year for each subsequent academic
year, for the remaining term of the scholarship." The scholarship will be
automatically awarded - no application is necessary.
    "Lakehead University is committed to educating students who are
recognized for leadership and independent critical thinking," says John
Singer, Lakehead University's Vice President, University Advancement.
"Attracting and retaining the best students with this offer will bring returns
to the University community as a whole. These students will help to create an
engaged classroom environment; they will support and challenge their peers
inside and outside the classroom, and they will demand the best from their
professors," he said.
    "Rewarding students for outstanding academic performance is one way for
Lakehead to carry out its mission of excellence and innovation in
undergraduate and graduate teaching, service, research, and other scholarly
activity. It is also a sure-fire way of retaining or bringing the best to
Lakehead University - in either the Thunder Bay or Orillia campus. Lakehead is
committed to the community and aims to ensure that the region's best and
brightest stay, or come to this area," Singer added.

    About Lakehead Lakehead is a comprehensive university with a reputation
for innovative programs and cutting-edge research. With a main campus located
in Thunder Bay, Ontario and a campus in Orillia, Ontario, Lakehead has over
7,500 students and 2,000 faculty and staff, and is home to the west campus of
the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. In 2006, Research Infosource Inc.
named Lakehead University Canada's Research University of the Year in the
undergraduate category. For more information on Lakehead University, visit

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