MuchMusic and MuchMoreMusic Promote Diversity with Annual Scholarships

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    TORONTO, Jan. 31 /CNW/ - Building on its commitment to encourage
diversity in broadcasting, MuchMusic and MuchMoreMusic are pleased to honour
two outstanding broadcast students in their annual scholarship awards.
Calgary's Candace Backfat and Toronto's Andre Garber are the respective
winners of the 2006 MuchMusic Aboriginal Youth Scholarship and the 2006
MuchMoreMusic AccessAbility Scholarship. Both awards go to applicants training
for a future in the broadcast industry who best demonstrate skill, talent,
excellence and enthusiasm. Since 2004, MuchMusic and MuchMoreMusic have
awarded $31,000 to support broadcast students from traditionally
under-represented groups.
    "It is a sincere pleasure to honour these smart, talented students with
our annual scholarships," says David Kines, Vice President, Music and Youth
Services, CHUM Television. "We can surely expect great things from Candace and
Andre when they graduate and enter the broadcast industry."
    Established in 2004, the MuchMusic Aboriginal Youth Scholarship is
presented in partnership with the Aboriginal Youth Network (AYN), and awards
$5,000 (CDN) to the winning Aboriginal student. This year's award goes to SAIT
Polytechnic Broadcast Technology student Candace Backfat.
    "I always knew that I was meant to speak up for my Native People," said
Backfat in her application. "My goal now is to become a talk show host
advocating Aboriginal issues."
    Backfat counts among her many achievements volunteering for the Urban
Society for Aboriginal Youth (USAY), freelance writing for USAY's New Tribe
Magazine, serving as Youth Worker for Siksika Park and Recreation, and has
been identified by her community as part of the Alberta Future Leaders
    Now in its second year, the MuchMoreMusic AccessAbility Scholarship,
presented in partnership with The National Educational Association of Disabled
Students (NEADS), awards $5,000 (CDN) to a broadcast student with a permanent
disability. This year's award goes to Ryerson University Radio and Television
Arts student Andre Garber.
    "I could have given up and surrendered to inevitable doubts about my
abilities," said Garber in his application. "Instead, my journey has
strengthened my determination to succeed and to follow my passions. It has
also confirmed my commitment to contributing to the community and the life of
others in need."
    Among his many accomplishments are fundraising for Free the Children and
OneChild, co-founding the not-for-profit Youth for Youth Literacy,
volunteering for the Mother Theresa Institute in India, and mentoring
special-needs students at Northern Secondary School.
    Applications for the 2007 MuchMusic Aboriginal Youth Scholarship will be
available as of March 1 on, and will be accepted until  
November 30, 2007.
    Applications for the 2007 MuchMoreMusic AccessAbility Scholarship will be
available as of March 1 on, and will be accepted until
November 1, 2007.

For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Scott Campbell, Senior
Publicist, Music & Youth Services, CHUM Television, (416) 591-7400 x2794,; For more information on next year's
scholarships, interested students should contact Jenna Wong, Manager, Public
Relations, Music & Youth Services, CHUM Television, (416) 591-7400 x2798,; For AYN, contact Kim Ghostkeeper, Director of Health
Promotions & Marketing, AYN, (780) 458-4401 x403,;
For NEADS, contact Frank Smith, National Coordinator, NEADS, (613) 526-8008,

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