World Petroleum Council Millennium Scholarships Awarded to 34 Alberta students

    CALGARY, Feb. 13 /CNW Telbec/ - Thirty-four Alberta university students
are receiving $3,000 World Petroleum Council (WPC) Millennium Scholarships for
the 2008-2009 academic year.
    16 students enrolled at the University of Alberta, 12 at the University
of Calgary, 4 at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology and 2 at the
University of Lethbridge have received awards.
    WPC Millennium Scholarships are awarded annually to students who excel
academically and are enrolled in post-secondary programs related to the
petroleum industry. This year, 200 students throughout Canada will receive a
WPC Millennium Scholarship.
    "The WPC Millennium Scholarship program is important to the industry,"
says Norman Riddell, executive director and chief executive officer of the
Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation. "We deliver more than 100,000
needs-based bursaries each year, which means that our national databases and
expertise allow us to deliver the WPC program efficiently and at minimal
    "The program supports the education and development of the next
generation of energy professionals" says Neil McCrank, Chairman of the WPC
Canadian Association. "At the recent World Petroleum Congress in Madrid, it
was clear that the demand from the global energy sector for the best and
brightest minds will continue to grow and that demand will be particularly
strong in Canada. The WPC has placed a lot more focus on attracting youth and
held a Youth Forum on issues of challenge for young people in the industry.
Canada was very well represented by our outstanding youth delegates, most of
whom were WPC Millennium Scholarship winners."
    The 49 universities that participate in the WPC program assess the
academic merit of the students and recommend them to the Foundation for
approval. By working in partnership with the WPC program, universities ensure
not only that the money goes to students in the right disciplines who need it
to help finance their education, but also that the program helps students and
industry representatives get together in networking events.
    The WPC Millennium Scholarship was created eight years ago through a
$4.2-million endowment from the Canadian Association of the WPC.

    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 $350 million in the form of bursaries and scholarships
each year throughout Canada. Since its inception, it has awarded approximately
950,000 bursaries and scholarships, worth a total of more than $2.8 billion,
to Canadian post-secondary students.

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