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Twelve students awarded RBC Royal Bank scholarships for new Canadians

TORONTO, November 17, 2008 — Twelve students from across Canada were honoured during a special dinner at the Ontario Heritage Centre in downtown Toronto on November 15. These students were selected from over one thousand applicants to be the recipients of the second annual RBC Royal Bank Scholarship for New Canadians.

Also speaking at the event was one of Canada's best-known youth and social justice advocates, Michelle Dagnino. The recipient of over a dozen awards for work in communities around the world, Ms. Dagnino left many in the audience feeling optimistic and empowered about their role in shaping future generations and cultivating leadership in a variety of areas.

RBC launched the scholarship program last year to recognize the important role immigration plays in Canada's cultural, social and economic development. The program is aimed at individuals who have been through the immigration experience, graduated high school or CEGEP, and are planning to pursue full-time studies at an accredited Canadian college or university this fall.

"We are extremely impressed with the calibre of students who applied for the RBC scholarship," said Manisha Burman, director, RBC Multicultural Markets. "Immigrating and succeeding in a new country can be very challenging, and their remarkable journeys are worthy of these awards."

Ms. Burman added: "RBC has made a long-term commitment to assist newcomers to Canada and help them to succeed. This scholarship program is one more way for us to deliver on that promise."

The winners of the award represent a cross-section of nationalities from all over the world, and come from China, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, India, Germany, Iran and Australia.

Scholarships were awarded based on academic achievement, and applicants' responses to three, 250-word essay questions about how immigration has shaped Canada, along with their personal experiences and advice to others going through similar experiences.

The recipients of the RBC Royal Bank Scholarship for New Canadians for 2008 are:

Ms. Brahamjot Moondi, age 18
Country of Origin: Newport, United Kingdom
Hometown: Brampton, Ontario
Program: Business Management and Organizational Studies, University of Western Ontario
Ambition: Chartered Accounting, followed by a career in business leadership

Ms. Chibeze Ojukwu, age 18
Country of Origin: Sydney, Australia
Hometown: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Program: Political Studies with a minor in Anthropology, University of Saskatchewan
Ambition: Work with Doctors without Borders, followed by a career in medicine

Ms. Janet Xu, age 18
Country of Origin: Shanghai, China
Hometown: Surrey, British Columbia
Program: Science, University of British Columbia
Ambition: A career in medicine

Ms. Jenny Duong, age 17
Country of Origin: Hong Kong, China
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario
Program: Humanities with double minor in English Literature and French, University of Toronto
Ambition: Graduate studies, followed by a career in teaching or journalism

Mr. Karanbir Gill, age 18
Country of Origin: Chandigarh, India
Hometown: Surrey, British Columbia
Program: Bachelor of Applied Sciences (Engineering), University of British Columbia
Ambition: An MBA followed by a career at a technology company

Mr. Kevin Zhou, age 18
Country of Origin: Beijing, China
Hometown: Calgary, Alberta
Program: Engineering, University of Western Ontario
Ambition: An MBA followed by a career in finance or engineering

Mr. Paul Mou, age 18
Country of Origin: Taiwan
Hometown: Stouffville, Ontario
Program: System Design, University of Waterloo
Ambition: A doctorate in computer science followed by a career in robotics

Ms. Serena Chin, age 18
Country of Origin: Dagenham, United Kingdom
Hometown: Markham, Ontario
Program: International Bachelor of Business Administration, Schulich School of Business, York University
Ambition: An MBA followed by a business leadership role

Mr. Toby Woerthle, age 18
Country of Origin: Heilbronn, Germany
Hometown: Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
Program: Computer Science, University of Waterloo
Ambition: Owning a software business

Ms. Yelin Yang, age 18
Country of Origin: Shanghai, China
Hometown: Mississauga, Ontario
Program: Health Sciences, McMaster University
Ambition: A career in pediatrics

Ms. Yili Wang, age 18
Country of Origin: Panjin, China
Hometown: Brampton, Ontario
Program: Life Sciences, University of Toronto
Ambition: A career in medicine

Mr. Ashkan Pishvaei, age 18
Country of Origin: Tehran, Iran
Hometown: Vancouver, British Columbia
Program: Bachelor of Arts, followed by Commerce in Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia
Ambition: Owning an accounting firm

Applicants for the scholarships must have been born outside of Canada, and be either permanent residents or citizens of Canada. They also must have achieved at least a 70 per cent average in their previous year of study.

For more information about the RBC Royal Bank Scholarship for New Canadians, please visit: www.rbcroyalbank.com/scholarships/newcanadians.

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Twelve students received the 2008 RBC Royal Bank Scholarship for New Canadians
[download hi-res JPG, 2.8MB] Twelve students received the 2008 RBC Royal Bank Scholarship for New Canadians. They were honored at a celebratory dinner in Toronto on Saturday. Pictured here are 11 of the winners from across Canada with RBC's Manisha Burman, Director, Multicultural Markets, (far left) and Gord Hundal, Regional Vice President, (far right).

For more information, please contact:
Linda Sadlowski, 416-974-1754
Stephanie Lu, 416-974-5506

Note to photo editors: Please visit the CNW Photo Network for a photo of award recipients.


 



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