Harris government rewards close to 8,000 high-achieving grads
TORONTO, Oct. 12 /CNW/ - The Ontario government will recognize almost 8,000 of Ontario's top scholars with the second annual Aiming for the Top Tuition Scholarships, Dianne Cunningham, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities announced today.
"Our students are continuing to demonstrate a high level of excellence in academic achievement," said Cunningham. "Through Aiming for the Top Tuition Scholarships, we are rewarding high school graduates for their hard work and dedication as they move on to continued success at a college or university."
This year's new scholarship winners achieved an average mark of 87 per cent, with approximately 1,900 earning an average mark of 90 per cent or higher. More than 17,000 students, representing nearly 800 schools across the province, applied for the scholarship in its second year of operation.
"Our government has made high quality education a priority for Ontario," Cunningham said. "These scholarship winners are continuing to set a high standard of achievement that will be a benchmark for their peers."
High school graduates in Ontario, who are going on to college or university, are eligible to apply for these tuition scholarships that recognize both academic excellence and financial need. Students apply each year by ticking off a box on their Ontario Student Assistance Program applications.
Winners may receive a tuition scholarship worth up to a maximum of $3,500 per year, depending upon their financial need and the amount of their tuition. Over 2,700 students have received the maximum award this year. Students who maintain an 80 per cent average can continue to receive the award for up to four years of post-secondary education.
The Ontario government's investment this year will total more than $17 million. When fully implemented in 2003, the annual investment will be $35 million in scholarships for more than 10,000 students each year. Students can earn up to $3,500 in merit-based scholarships before their Ontario Student Assistance Program loan is affected, ensuring they receive the full benefit of these scholarships.
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For more information visit www.edu.gov.on.ca
For further information: Dave Ross, Minister's Office, (416) 326-1625; Tanya Cholakov, Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, (416) 325-7528