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Canada's newest university awards first-ever top scholarships to seven exceptional students

OSHAWA, ON - Canada's newest university, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, has awarded its first-ever top scholarships to seven exceptional students in recognition of their outstanding academic achievements.

zekveld"These exemplary scholars represent the kind of first-class students that the university is attracting. In addition to their academic accomplishments they have all shown community commitment and leadership, and we are proud to have them in our founding class," says Richard Levin, vice-president of Strategic Enrolment Management and Registrar of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.

The university's top honours include one Chancellor's scholarship valued at $28,000, three President's scholarships, each valued at $24,000, and three Founder's scholarships, each valued at $20,000. Scholarship funds are disbursed over four years and require students to maintain certain academic standards.

Eighteen-year-old David Zekveld, a graduating student at R.S. McLaughlin Vocational Institute in Oshawa, Ontario, is the proud recipient of the university's first-ever Chancellor's scholarship, its highest academic honour. The Whitby resident has been accepted into the university's Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Nuclear Engineering program - the first program of its kind in Canada.

"It's very exciting to be part of the first class," says Zekveld, who hopes to …"be a leader in influencing other students to attend the university."

President's scholarships were awarded to the following students:

Lisa Culbert, Belleville, Ontario, Moira Secondary School, Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Integrated Justice Studies program;

Shane Hart, Blackstock, Ontario, Cartwright High School, Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Nuclear Engineering program; and

Bayden Pritchard, Greely, Ontario, Osgoode Township High School, Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Nuclear Engineering program.

Sarah RoweFounder's scholarships were awarded to the following students:

Kelsey Dermott, Sundridge, Ontario, Almaguin Secondary School, Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Biological Science program;

Sarah Rowe, Whitby, Ontario, Sinclair Secondary School, Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Biological Science program; and

Matt Van Wieringen, Whitby, Ontario, Sinclair Secondary School, Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Manufacturing Engineering program.

In addition to these top honours, students at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology may also be awarded entrance scholarships, as well as awards of recognition.

The University of Ontario Institute of Technology offers nine degree programs in areas of business and information technology, sciences, engineering, nursing, justice studies and education. The university will welcome its first class of students in September 2003. For more information or for further details about 2004-05 scholarship opportunities, visit www.uoit.ca, e-mail admissions@uoit.ca, or call 1.866.844.8648.


About Ontario Tech University
Ontario Tech University advances the discovery and application of knowledge through a technology-enriched learning environment and the delivery of innovative market-driven programs responsive to the needs of students and industry. With more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in more than 90 programs, the university promotes social engagement, fosters critical thinking and integrates outcomes-based learning experiences inside and outside the classroom. The university's commitment to accelerating economic growth and social innovation is realized through faculty research collaborations with leading organizations such as Ontario Power Generation, IBM, The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and the Durham Regional Police Service. To find out more, visit ontariotechu.ca.