TWU students from B.C. and beyond capture top Canada Millennium Scholarship Excellence Awards

Langley, British Columbia—They are seven of Canada’s brightest students. And they will be entering Trinity Western University this fall. The students, six of whom are from British Columbia, are winners of the Canada Millennium Scholarship Excellence Awards, the first national merit award given by the federal government for achievement in academics, community service and leadership “They are the type of students who will be our future leaders,” says Marty Penninga, director of financial aid and awards at Trinity Western. “And they fit right into our university’s mission—to create leaders who will serve with integrity.”

The seven recipients are: Jodi Friesen (local level winner) of Abbotsford, B.C., graduate from MEI; Jared Kuehl (local level winner) of Abbotsford, B.C., graduate from MEI; Jennifer Neufeld (local level winner) of Surrey, B.C., graduate from Semiahmoo Secondary; Andrea Butler (local level winner) of Vancouver, B.C., graduate from Crofton House School; Rachel Wiersma (provincial level winner) of Summerland, B.C., graduate from Summerland Secondary; Katrina Maier (local level winner) of Kelowna, B.C., graduate from Kelowna Secondary School; and Sandra Baker (provincial level winner) of Stouffville, Ontario, graduate from Uxbridge Secondary School.

This is the first year that the federal government of Canada has granted the Canada Millennium Scholarship Excellence Awards. Over 7,500 candidates applied for the top entrance awards and a total of 889 students received the awards at national, provincial and local levels.

In order to be eligible, students must be Canadian citizens entering their first year of full time studies leading to a first degree, certificate or diploma. They must also be enrolled in a post-secondary institution in Canada recognized by the Canadian Student Loans Program. The students are assessed based on academic achievement, demonstrated service to the community, demonstrated capacity for leadership and the ability to motivate others, and demonstrated interest in innovation. The seven students entering Trinity Western University fit the bill.

“The fact that several TWU students have won this award says something important about the kind of young person Trinity Western attracts,” says Penninga. “We want students who not only excel in academics, but who have a vision to make a positive contribution to our society. Many of our students share these characteristics and this vision.”

The awards will help the students foot their tuition bills this fall. Local award winners receive a one-time amount of $4,000. Provincial winners receive a $4,000 award that is renewable up to four years, and national winners receive a $4,800 award that is renewable up to four years.

Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a privately funded Christian liberal arts university enrolling 2,763 students this year. With a broad-based, liberal arts and sciences curriculum, the University offers undergraduate degrees in 34 major areas ranging from business, education and computer science to biology and nursing, and 12 graduate degrees including counselling psychology, theology and administrative leadership.

Last Updated: 2012-08-21
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