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Released December 13, 2007



Students Awarded Scholarships Sponsored by Housing

Pursuing a post-secondary education is paying off for Newfoundland Labrador Housing (Housing) tenants in the province. Each year, Housing awards scholarships to high school graduates and adults pursuing a post-secondary education. The scholarships are awarded in the Avalon/East, Central and Western/Labrador regions to tenants’ children and adult tenants returning to school. Each scholarship is valued at $1,000. The winners were announced today by the Honourable Shawn Skinner, Minister Responsible for Housing and Minister of Human Resources, Labour and Employment.

Commenting on Housing’s Scholarship Program, Minister Skinner said, "I congratulate this year’s scholarship winners and wish them well in their academic pursuits. They obviously realize the importance of obtaining a good education and have demonstrated a clear commitment to reaching that goal. I’m sure their dedication and perseverance will serve them well, and I wish them all the best in their future endeavours." 

"Education plays a vital role in the future success of our province," said the Honourable John Burke, Minister of Education. "This is why we have committed to a tuition freeze, introduced up-front, needs-based grants, and reduced the interest on student loans. These awards are yet another example of the Provincial Government’s support for students and youth throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. I offer my sincere congratulations to each of the winners, the leaders of tomorrow."

Housing’s 2007 scholarship winners are:

Avalon/Eastern Region

Vickie Linegar is an adult scholarship winner. She is currently attending College of the North Atlantic in St. John’s.

Samantha Doyle is a youth scholarship winner.  Samantha is attending Memorial University in St. John’s.

Leanna Marshall is a youth scholarship winner. She is also a student at Memorial University in St. John’s.

Central Region

Suzanne Williams is an adult scholarship winner. Suzanne is attending the Corona College in Grand Falls-Windsor.

Cassandra Hoskins is a youth scholarship winner and is currently attending Memorial University in St. John’s.

Western/Labrador Region

Nancy Marie Murphy is an adult scholarship winner. Nancy is enrolled at the Sir Wilfred Grenfell College in Corner Brook.

Daphne Hawkins is a youth scholarship winner and is attending the College of the North Atlantic, Bay St. George Campus.

Justin Richards is also a youth scholarship winner. He is currently attending the College of the North Atlantic, Bay St. George Campus.

Winners of the adult scholarships are selected based on an interview that assesses initiative, need and community experience. 

Youth scholarships are awarded based on the results of the Department of Education’s scholarship score, which is derived from a student’s performance on public examinations.

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Media contacts:

Colleen French
Communications Officer
Newfoundland Labrador Housing
709-724-3003
cmfrench@nlhc.nl.ca
Ed Moriarity
Director of Communications
Department of Human Resources, Labour and Employment
709-729-4062, 728-9623
edmoriarity@gov.nl.ca
Jacquelyn Howard
Director of Communications
Department of Education
709-729-0048, 689-2624
jacquelynhoward@gov.nl.ca