National in-course awards recognize leadership and innovation of students in communities both local and international

    MONTREAL, Oct. 29 /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 so doing, the award supports
Canadians from a variety of backgrounds and different walks of life. Among
others, this year's recipients include young woman who is dedicated to fair
trade initiatives and assists a women's cooperative in South Africa and a
young man who facilitates communication between victims and offenders in the
goal of helping them make amends.
    The in-course awards are distributed in partnership with Canada's CEGEPS,
colleges and universities in the following manner:

    - $5,000 renewable scholarships (100) - for a total of $10,000.
    - $4,000 renewable scholarships (200) - for a total of $8,000.
    - $4,000 non-renewable scholarships (651).

    "The Foundation is pleased that it is able to work in concert with more
than 225 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. It encourages Canadian
students to strive for excellence and pursue their post-secondary studies. The
Foundation distributes $340 million in bursaries and scholarships each year
throughout Canada. Since its inception, it has awarded more than $2.6 billion
in the form of more than 900,000 bursaries and scholarships to Canadian
post-secondary students.

    A complete list of the 2008 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, 1-877-786-3999

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