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Released December 16, 2009



Students Awarded Scholarships Sponsored by Housing

Newfoundland Labrador Housing (Housing) has selected the winners of its 2009 Scholarship Program. The winners were announced today by the Honourable Tom Hedderson, Minister of Transportation and Works and Minister Responsible for Housing.

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.

“I am so pleased to announce the winners of Housing’s 2009 Scholarship Program,” said Minister Hedderson. “If we expect to have qualified men and women in the workforce in the future, it is important that as a government, we provide our support today to those striving to get an education. These scholarship winners are talented, hard-working individuals who realize how important it is to obtain an education in order to reach their goals. I offer my sincere congratulations on their achievement and wish them all the best in their studies and future endeavours.”

Housing’s 2009 scholarship winners are:

Avalon/Eastern Region

  • Catherine Murrin, adult scholarship winner, currently attends Memorial University in St. John’s.
  • Robyn Parsons, youth scholarship winner, attends Memorial University in St. John’s.

Central Region

  • Angela Newhook, adult scholarship winner, attends the College of the North Atlantic in Grand Falls-Windsor.
  • John McLellan, youth scholarship winner, attends the College of the North Atlantic in Clarenville.
  • Samantha Williams, also a youth scholarship winner for the central region, attends Memorial University in St. John’s.

Western/Labrador Region

  • Tobias Lucas, adult scholarship winner, attends the College of the North Atlantic in Corner Brook.

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:

Roger Scaplen
Director of Communications
Department of Transportation and Works
709-729-3015, 697-5267
rogerscaplen@gov.nl.ca
Jenny Bowring
Manager, Communications
Newfoundland Labrador Housing
709-724-3055
jmbowring@nlhc.nl.ca