Students recognized for academic achievements,
donors thanked for contributions
Although U of G undergraduate students have been
receiving awards and scholarships in college ceremonies
for decades, students receiving University-wide scholarships
haven't had an opportunity in the past to personally thank
award donors or to be formally recognized for their achievements.
On Oct. 14, students and donors were the guests of honour
at the inaugural University- wide undergraduate student
awards presentation at the Arboretum Centre.
Close to 150 people attended the event, including 57 undergraduate
students who were recognized for their academic achievements
and scholastic goals. Award donors, including individuals,
families, corporations and organizations, were thanked for
investing in the students' futures.
"The University salutes not only the success of the
students, but also the support of our donors who make this
success possible," said president Alastair Summerlee.
"This year, with the help of our donors, the University
will provide more than $19 million in student aid, which
reflects a considerable amount of support and a commitment
by the community to accessibility."
In opening remarks, chancellor Lincoln Alexander acknowledged
the President's and Chancellor's Scholars and other award
recipients and praised the University's scholarship and
bursary program. "Recognizing leaders, encouraging
success and giving help where it is needed - those are the
goals of the awards program," he said.
Maureen Mancuso, acting provost and vice-president (academic),
said the criteria for all these awards begin with academic
excellence. "Some awards also consider other factors
such as leadership qualities, extracurricular activities,
community involvement and/or financial aid," she said.
Among the University representatives taking part in the
awards event was food science professor Art Hill, president
of the U of G Faculty Association, who presented the annual
UGFA Scholarship to Rosalin Abdool of the College of Arts.
Established 20 years ago, the $1,500 award goes to the student
from Wellington County entering U of G with the highest
"This is really what it's all about - to recognize
our students and to help them along the way," said
The United Steelworkers LU 4120 Scholarship, valued at
$800, was presented by Local 4120 president Margaret Carter
to Michael Carey of the College of Physical and Engineering
Science, whose parents are both U of G employees and members
of Local 4120.
Student wellness educator Marlene Pfaff presented the $1,000
Stephanie Wilken Volunteer Award with Wilken's father to
Breanne Anderson of the College of Biological Science. This
award was established in memory of Wilken, a 1995 BA graduate
of Guelph who died in 1998. It is awarded annually to an
undergraduate student who has been a volunteer for at least
two semesters at U of G's Wellness Centre.
Bursaries or financial-needs awards were also acknowledged.
One of the programs highlighted was the Central Student
Association Opportunity Trust. It was created through a
referendum vote in 2002 when Guelph students decided to
establish an endowment fund to provide bursaries for students
who need support but are ineligible for traditional forms
of financial aid.
"In the 2002/2003 academic year, 36 of these bursaries,
totalling $29,850, were distributed to full- and part-time
undergraduate and diploma students," said political
science student Josh Alcock. He noted that $30,000 will
be available for the bursary program in 2003/2004.
Three new annual undergraduate awards were announced at
the ceremony: the R. Douglas and Kathleen Kennedy Scholarship
for OAC, the R. Douglas and Kathleen Kennedy Scholarship
for the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences, each
valued at $1,000, and the $5,000 Mordechai Rozanski History
Scholarship, which was established this summer by the Jean
Rich Foundation to honour Rozanski's 10 year-term as U of