Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation

Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation

June 06, 2005 10:00 ET

929 New Millennium Excellence Award Laureates

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - June 6, 2005) - 929 students have been awarded one of the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation's millennium excellence awards in recognition of their community involvement, leadership abilities, innovative thinking and academic achievement.

"The millennium excellence award underscores our faith in the future of some exceptional Canadians," said Gerard Veilleux, chairman of the Foundation's Board of Directors. "The laureates come from a variety of backgrounds and have diverse interests, but all share a common desire to inspire those around them through their accomplishments, their leadership and their dedication."

The Foundation received over 7,000 applications for this year's scholarships, which support students entering post-secondary education for the first time. Regional committees judge applicants and recommend names to the Foundation's Board of Directors for a final decision.

Awards are made in each province and territory based on their share of the Canadian population, except for national awards, which are given to the top applicants across the country, irrespective of provincial and territorial quotas.



There are three levels of entrance awards:

- National - 100 awards of $5,000 are granted, renewable for up to
three additional years, to a maximum of $20,000.
- Provincial/Territorial - 206 awards of $4,000 are granted,
renewable for up to three additional years, to a maximum of
$16,000.
- Local - 623 one-time awards of $4,000 are granted.


Since 2000, more than 6,000 students have benefited from the program. A complete list of this year's 929 laureates, as well as more information on the Millennium Excellence Award Program's entrance award, are available on the Foundation's Web site at: http://www.millenniumscholarships.ca.

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 $325 million in the form of bursaries and scholarships each year throughout Canada, which represents more than 520,000 awards to Canadian post-secondary students for a total value of $1.6 billion since its inception.

The following is a geographic distribution of the 2005 entrance :



---------------------------------------------------------------------
Province/Territory National Prov./Terr. Local Total
---------------------------------------------------------------------
Alberta 12 23 70 105
---------------------------------------------------------------------
British Columbia 20 30 92 142
---------------------------------------------------------------------
Manitoba 3 9 26 38
---------------------------------------------------------------------
New Brunswick 4 6 17 27
---------------------------------------------------------------------
Newfoundland and Labrador 3 4 14 21
---------------------------------------------------------------------
N. W. Territories 1 - 1 2
---------------------------------------------------------------------
Nova Scotia 5 7 22 34
---------------------------------------------------------------------
Nunavut 1 1
---------------------------------------------------------------------
Ontario 35 89 268 392
---------------------------------------------------------------------
Prince Edward Island 2 1 4 7
---------------------------------------------------------------------
Quebec 12 28 84 124
---------------------------------------------------------------------
Saskatchewan 3 8 23 34
---------------------------------------------------------------------
Yukon 1 1 2
---------------------------------------------------------------------
Canada 100 206 623 929
---------------------------------------------------------------------


Ce communique de presse est également disponible en français.

Contact Information

  • Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation
    Jean Lapierre
    Director of Communications
    (514) 284-7235