Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation

Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation

October 29, 2007 11:54 ET

National In-Course Awards Recognize Leadership and Innovation in Students of All Ages

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Oct. 29, 2007) - More than 1,000 students nationwide have recently been honoured with a prestigious national in-course award from the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation in recognition of their active citizenship, engaged leadership, innovative thinking and academic achievement.

The national in-course awards recognize students who are beginning the upper years of their undergraduate university or college studies, and in so doing support not only Canadian youth but also lifelong learners from a variety of backgrounds and different walks of life. Among others, this year's recipients include a grandmother who has a long history of volunteer activities but only recently decided to pursue her university degree and a 48-year-old brain-injured activist for the disabled who is pursuing a degree in social work.

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 (714).

"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 $2.4 billion in the form of more than 800,000 bursaries and scholarships to Canadian post-secondary students.

A complete list of the 2007 national in-course award laureates is available on the Foundation's Web site at

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