National in-course awards recognize leadership and innovation in students of all ages and backgrounds

    MONTREAL, Aug. 4 /CNW Telbec/ - More than 900 students nationwide have
recently been honoured with the prestigious national in-course award from the
Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation for their active citizenship, engaged
leadership, innovative thinking and academic achievement.
    The national in-course award recognizes upper-year undergraduate students
who demonstrate a commitment to improving their communities and have never
previously won a major merit-based award. In doing so, the award supports
Canadians from a variety of backgrounds who all have one goal in mind:
creating a positive impact. The ages of this year's recipients range from 17
to 58, including a 31 year-old woman of Jamaican origin with two young
children who made the courageous decision to pursue her dream of studying
social work. A pillar of her Toronto community, one of her many initiatives
has been to create workshops to issues revolving around violence, at-risk
youth and complexities of being a woman of colour.
    The in-course awards are distributed in partnership with Canada's CEGEPS,
colleges and universities in the following manner:

    - 1st Level - 100 awards of $12,500;
    - 2nd Level - 200 awards of $10,250;
    - 3rd Level - 654 awards of $4,500.

    "The Foundation is pleased that it is able to work in concert with more
than 250 post-secondary institutions across the country to recognize
excellence in the student body through the delivery of these scholarships,"
said Norman Riddell, the Foundation's executive director and CEO. "We are
particularly pleased to acknowledge those students who not only have fresh
ideas about how to improve our society, but who also have the initiative and
responsibility to begin putting those ideas into practice."

    The Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation is a private, independent
organization created by an act of Parliament in 1998. Since its inception, the
Foundation, through its various programs, has delivered almost one million
bursaries and scholarships, worth $3 billion, to students across Canada. A
complete list of the 2009 national in-course award laureates is available on
the Foundation's Web site at

For further information:

For further information: Louise Taylor, Communications Advisor,
Excellence Awards, (514) 284-7241

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