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Laurier students recognized for excellence at President’s Awards ceremony
More than 180 students were honoured Nov. 27 at the Laurier President’s Awards ceremony, which recognizes recipients of the President’s Gold Scholarship.
“This is wonderful. I’m going to be poor, but I love it,” said Laurier President and Vice-Chancellor Max Blouw. “When I do the arithmetic, I get up into the seven, eight-hundred-thousand dollar range of awards that are being recognized today. I just want to reflect for a moment on what that means.
“It means that we have wonderful donors; people who think academic accomplishment is important and recruiting talent is important,” he said. “The young people we are recognizing today are the leaders of tomorrow. They are certainly the people who will make a huge difference in leading not only our society, but also our corporations, our country.”
The President's Gold Scholarship is an endowed scholarship for students entering Laurier with a minimum overall average of 95 per cent in their last year of high school. The scholarship is renewable for up to three years for students who maintain a minimum GPA of 10.50 during the fall and winter terms at Laurier, for a total potential value of $18,000 over four years.
“The students being honoured today managed to combine high academic achievement with a real commitment to making a difference, whether that’s through volunteer work, sports or clubs,” said Jennifer Casey, director of University Relations, who introduced the students. “Each has developed finely tuned time management and prioritization skills which enable them to achieve all that they do. You’ll be more than impressed and inspired by these people.”
This year, 78 first-year students, 51 second-year students, 28 third-year students, 24 fourth-year students and three fifth-year students received the scholarship. Visit the website for the full list of names.