RBC Names First Recipients of RBC Royal Bank Scholarship for New Canadians

    Award Recognizes Young People Who Have Been through the Immigration

    TORONTO, Nov. 17 /CNW/ - Seven students from British Columbia, Alberta,
Ontario and Quebec were selected from among hundreds of applicants to be the
first recipients of the RBC Royal Bank Scholarship for New Canadians. Each
will receive $2,000 toward their post-secondary education expenses and were
honored at a special dinner in Toronto this evening.
    Recognizing the important role immigration plays in Canada's social,
cultural and economic development, RBC launched this scholarship program
specifically for young people who have been through the immigration
experience. Recipients of the scholarship were selected for their
understanding of the role that immigration played in Canada's history,
compelling accounts of their personal experiences, commitment to educational
excellence and desire to help other new Canadians.
    "Our award winners come from India, China, and South Africa, and have
career aspirations in medicine, finance and the arts," said Mark Whitmell,
director, Cultural Markets. "The willingness of our winners to share their
personal experiences is worthy of recognition and we applaud their
resourcefulness and perseverance during a time of change in their lives. It is
a pleasure to be acknowledging them through the RBC Royal Bank Scholarship for
New Canadians."

    The winners of the RBC Royal Bank Scholarship for New Canadians for 2007

    Elaine Deng, age 18
    Country of Origin: China
    Hometown: Burnaby, British Columbia
    Program: Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver
    Ambition: Graphic Designer

    Shradha Gaikwad, age 18
    Country of Origin: India
    Hometown: Mississauga, Ontario
    Program: Business Administration, York University, Toronto
    Ambition: Accounting, Finance or Economics

    Aravind Ganesh, age 17
    Country of Origin: Kerala, India
    Hometown: Red Deer, Alberta
    Program: Bachelor of Science (Biological Sciences), University of Calgary
    Ambition: Medicine

    Kate Greeff, age 18
    Country of Origin: Cape Town, South Africa
    Hometown: Lethbridge, Alberta
    Program: Bachelor of Science (biochemistry), University of Lethbridge
    Ambition: Health or Education

    Kimberly Koch, age 18
    Country of Origin: Cape Town, South Africa
    Hometown: Merrickville, Ontario
    Program: Biochemisty, McGill University, Montreal
    Ambition: Medical Research

    Nischal Ranganath age 18
    Country of Origin: India
    Hometown: Mississauga, Ontario
    Program: Bachelor of Health Science, McMaster University, Hamilton
    Ambition: Medicine

    Mo Zhu, age 18
    Country of Origin: Qingdao, China
    Hometown: Barrie, Ontario
    Program: Commerce, Queen's University, Kingston
    Ambition: Financial Analyst

    "The RBC Royal Bank Scholarship for New Canadians was created to help new
immigrant students go that much further towards realizing their fullest
potential," added Whitmell. "We have always recognized the importance new
Canadians place on education and that many immigrant families consider their
children's education as one of their greatest priorities. However, when we
commissioned a survey of new Canadians this year we learned that the great
majority place saving for their children's education as a greater priority
than saving for their own retirement or paying down a mortgage. It was
information like this that makes us even more pleased to recognize the
accomplishments of our seven winners."
    Applicants were asked to share their views on how immigration has shaped
Canada, including personal experiences, and advice to others going through a
similar experience. The selections were made by a judging panel comprised of
school educators, industry experts, RBC Royal Bank employees, and an
independent scholarship administrator.
    For more information on award recipients along with details about the
application deadline for 2008, visit
    For further information on financial goals of new immigrants, visit

For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Irene Tang, Dynasty
Communications, (905) 907-6911, ext. 220; Judi Levita, RBC Media Relations,
(416) 974-8810

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