Montreal's CEGEP foundations and business community - Forty Montreal-area CEGEP students receive scholarships totaling $40,000 - Event honours CEGEP's 40-year history

    MONTREAL, April 30 /CNW Telbec/ - Forty students from 12 Montreal-area
CEGEPs received scholarships with a total value of $40,000 at the 40 ans, 40
bourses gala yesterday evening. The Regroupement des fondations collégiales de
Montréal, in collaboration with the business community and the institutions,
celebrated the CEGEPs' 40-year history by joining forces with 40 companies to
offer 40 scholarships of $1,000 each to students to support their efforts in
achieving academic excellence in all fields of study.
    Earlier this year, students at the 12 Montreal-area CEGEPs were invited
to apply for the scholarship awards. A jury comprising of representatives from
the CEGEP foundations and TD Canada Trust, the event's major partner, reviewed
more than 650 applications.
    "Supporting education means helping to develop our next generation of
tomorrow's leaders," said Christine Marchildon, Senior Vice-President, Quebec
region, TD Canada Trust and the event's honorary president. "We congratulate
CEGEPs on its 40-year history and proudly join with our local community
partners in honouring this institution for its commitment to making post
secondary education more accessible to students in Quebec."
    "For the past 40 years, the CEGEPs have demonstrated their capacity for
training youth and adults so they can make a high-quality contribution to the
community. They have democratized and facilitated access to higher education,"
said Paul-Emile Bourque, Executive Director of the Cégep de Saint-Laurent and
member of the board of the Regroupement des fondations collégiales de
Montréal. "They have also proven to be an outstanding economic development
tool by training new generations as well as providing opportunities for adults
already in the job market to perfect their skills."

    Here are the final 40 recipients listed below:

    1.  James Austin, science, John Abbott College
    2.  Myrrha Barrette-Goulet, natural science, Collège de Maisonneuve
    3.  Ariane Beaumont-Courteau, natural science, Collège Ahuntsic
    4.  Marc-André Begin, acupuncture, Collège Rosemont
    5.  Emilie Blair, respiratory therapy, Collège Rosemont
    6.  Miriam Bolduc, double DEC, social science and literature, Cégep de
    7.  Camille Boucher, social science, Optimonde, Cégep du Vieux-Montréal
    8.  Véronique Charron, double DEC, natural science and social science
        Cégep du Vieux-Montréal
    9.  Steven Chen, science, John Abbott College
    10. Jacynthe Cloutier, literature, Cégep André-Laurendeau
    11. Maude Côté-Leduc, double DEC, natural science and social science,
        Collège de Maisonneuve
    12. Emilie Coulombe, literature, Collège Ahuntsic
    13. Catherine Jane Dawson, AEC, Internet technology, John Abbott College
    14. Frédéric Dupont AEC, construction/renovation estimating, Cégep de
    15. Sarah Dupuis, science and literature, College Bois-de-Boulogne
    16. Gabrielle Duron, literature, communications profile, College de Bois-
    17. Ziad Fawaz, natural science, health profile, College Bois-de-Boulogne
    18. Judy-Fay Ferron, water purification, Cégep de Saint-Laurent
    19. Emilie Grenier-Bonin, interior design, Cégep Marie-Victorin
    20. Jerina Harizaj, pure and applied science, Vanier College
    21. Julie Hébert, natural science, Collège de Maisonneuve
    22. Isabelle Hénault, AEC, environmental management and prevention,
        Collège Rosemont
    23. Eleonore Kuentz, social science, administration profile, Collège
    24. Philippe Lafrance, social science, Collège Rosemont
    25. Stéphanie Lapointe, office technologies, Cégep André-Laurendeau
    26. Sandrine Leclerc, social science, psychology profile, Collège
    27. Weijia Li, health science, Vanier College
    28. Marguerett-Ann Mainville, AEC, administrative support, Collège de
    29. Vanessa Mandeville-Marcotte, social science, individual profile,
        Collège Gérald-Godin
    30. Marion Marchesi, accounting and management, John Abbott College
    31. Matteo Miriello, social science, Cégep Marie-Victorin
    32. Marilyne Parent, literature, Cégep Marie-Victorin
    33. Bernard Piché, natural science, Collège Gérald-Godin
    34. Jacques Poirier, physical technology, Cégep André-Laurendeau
    35. James Povitz, commerce, Dawson College
    36. Guillaume Rivest, recreation technician, Cégep de Saint-Laurent
    37. Emilie Sarrazin, history and civilization, Cégep du Vieux-Montréal
    38. Alex Walsh, science, Dawson College
    39. Rebekah Ward, arts, Dawson College
    40. Jamie Webber, double DEC, science and music, Vanier College

    About the Regroupement Des Fondations Collégiales De Montréal

    The Regroupement des fondations collégiales de Montréal is an association
of the foundations of the 12 Greater Montreal CEGEPs: Collège Ahuntsic, Cégep
André-Laurendeau, Collège Bois-de-Boulogne, Dawson College, Collège
Gérald-Godin, John Abbott College, Collège de Maisonneuve, Cégep
Marie-Victorin, Collège Rosemont, Cégep de Saint-Laurent, Vanier College and
Cégep du Vieux-Montréal. These foundations support and encourage students in
their quest for excellence by awarding scholarships and providing financial
support for various extracurricular projects. As non-profit organizations,
they raise money by organizing benefit activities and fundraising campaigns.

    TD Community Giving: Making a Difference Together

    Children's health, literacy and education, and the environment are the
three main areas of focus for TD's community giving. Flagship programs within
these areas include: TD Children's Hospital Fund; TD Friends of the
Environment Foundation; TD Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup; TD Canadian
Children's Book Week; TD Canada Trust Scholarships for Community Leadership;
and the TD Summer Reading Club. With support from customers and employees, TD
is involved with a host of national, regional and local causes benefiting
diversity, arts and culture and other community programs. In 2008, TD donated
$35 million to more than 2,100 organizations across Canada.

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