SFU Student Awarded Premier's One World Scholarship

VICTORIA, Nov. 4 /CNW/ - Simon Fraser University student Ramsay Malange is the recipient of a $20,000 Premier's One World Scholarship for study abroad announced Jim Reed, chair of the Irving K. Barber British Columbia Scholarship Society today.

"This scholarship supports BC students to become global citizens," said Reed. "It also encourages the international exchange of knowledge and culture."

Premier's One World scholarships are funded from the returns on a $13 million endowment fund established by the Province for international education in 2006. Depending on the amount of revenue generated by the fund, up to five scholarships of $20,000 are awarded annually to support students in pursuing post-secondary education abroad.

"The future of British Columbia is intrinsically bound to countries around the globe, and the One World Scholarship helps post-secondary students pursue studies in Pacific nations, helping to develop our province's links with those countries," said Moira Stilwell, Minister of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development. "We are proud of these students who have been chosen to represent British Columbia at an international academic level."

The international scholarships endowment fund also supports three other scholarship programs - two more that help students from B.C. study abroad, and one that supports students from a foreign country to study in B.C.

The Irving K. Barber BC Scholarship Society, in partnership with the Victoria Foundation, provides scholarships to students attending public post-secondary institutions in B.C. and internationally. To date, the Society has awarded over $2.2 million in scholarships, of which $356,000 was awarded this year.

For more information about this scholarship, the Society's other scholarship programs, or to donate to the international scholarships endowment fund, visit www.bcscholarship.ca or call the Victoria Foundation at 250-381-5532.

Recipient bio below

               2009 Premier's One World Scholarship Recipient

Ramsay Malange, Anmore

Ramsay has attended Simon Fraser University since 2006, where he has been studying towards his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. While maintaining an exceptionally high GPA (grade point average), Ramsay has also dedicated considerable time to his community.

On campus and locally, Ramsay has volunteered extensively with groups such as the Eagle Ridge Youth Council, TriCities Youth Week Steering Committee and Easter Seals Christmas Camp. As part of the national Katimavik program, he spent an intensive nine months volunteering with groups across Canada including the Inverness Development Agency in Nova Scotia, the City of St. Albert in Northern Alberta and a French cultural centre in a community outside of Ottawa.

With the aim of earning credits towards his degree at SFU, Ramsay plans to spend one year at Montash University in Australia at their Centre for Bioethics. His goals there are to learn about applying ethics to current social issues and to make influential contacts for his future graduate studies. Ultimately, Ramsey would like a career in developing Canadian policy on food production, safety and security.

SOURCE Victoria Foundation

For further information: For further information: Media information contact: Sharlene Smith, Victoria Foundation, Phone: (250) 658-1583, www.bcscholarship.ca

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