RBC increases number of scholarship awards for new Canadians
Application deadline June 9, 2008
TORONTO, May 21, 2008 — With the June 9th deadline
approaching, RBC is calling for entries for its second annual
Scholarship for New Canadians Program. RBC has added five
more scholarships this year, bringing the total number to
12, giving more students the opportunity to benefit from the
Twelve scholarships, each worth $2,000, will be awarded to
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. The winners will be invited to an all-expense paid
awards dinner in their honour, in Toronto later this year.
"In the first year of the program, we received over
700 applications and were impressed by the willingness of
the applicants to share their personal experiences as newcomers
to Canada and how they persevered during a significant time
of change," said Mark Whitmell, director, Cultural Markets.
"We are looking forward to continuing this tradition
by recognizing and lending support to more new Canadians who
intend to realize their dream through advanced education."
To be eligible for the scholarships, applicants must have
been born outside of Canada, and be either permanent residents
or citizens of Canada. Applicants must have also achieved
at least a 70 per cent average in their previous year of study.
Scholarships will be awarded based on academic achievement
and responses to three, 250-word essay questions on how immigration
has helped shape Canada today.
Last year's scholarship winners, who have career aspirations
in medicine, finance and the arts, originally came from China,
South Africa and India. For more information about RBC Royal
Bank Scholarship for New Canadians, including the application
forms, please visit: www.rbcroyalbank.com/scholarships/newcanadians.
RBC's Scholarship Awards Program offers a diverse range of
scholarship awards to help address the critical need for student
funding across Canada. Scholarships are available for students
studying in high school, pursuing undergraduate studies at
college or university, and those entering professional programs
in medicine or dentistry. Specialized scholarships are also
available to New Canadians, Junior A hockey players, and Aboriginal
students. For more information about RBC's Scholarship Program,
please visit www.rbcroyalbank.com/scholarships.
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Beja Rodeck, (416) 974-5506