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April 6, 2009
Media Advisory - Mayor Miller and University of Toronto President Naylor to make scholarship presentations
  
Backgrounder included

Mayor David Miller and President David Naylor of the University of Toronto will present City of Toronto scholarships to five University of Toronto students.

Date: Tuesday, April 7
Time: 10 a.m. (at the City’s Executive Committee meeting)
Location: Toronto City Hall, Committee Room 1

Toronto City Council has endowed scholarships and bursaries at the University of Toronto to recognize the importance of higher education to the urban environment and to continue the City’s leadership in achieving equality in the community.

Presentations will be made to recipients of the following City of Toronto scholarships:

City of Toronto Queen Elizabeth II Sesquicentennial
Scholarship in Community Health Nursing (established 1984)
Almir Alicelebic - Undergraduate recipient
Quin Powell - Graduate recipient

City of Toronto Scholarship in Women’s Studies (established 1985)
Emma McKenna - Undergraduate recipient
Lichun Liu - Graduate recipient

City of Toronto Scholarship for Aboriginal Students in Health Professions (established 1989)
Alexandra Smith

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact: Ceta Ramkhalawansingh, Manager, Diversity Management and Community Engagement, City of Toronto, 416-392-6824, cramkhal@toronto.ca


Backgrounder

City of Toronto scholarships at the University of Toronto

Toronto City Council has endowed a number of scholarships and bursaries at the University of Toronto.

The City of Toronto’s participation in various scholarship programs advances the importance of higher education to the urban environment and continues the City’s leadership role in achieving equality in the community. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic performance and financial need. Selections are made by the University of Toronto in consultation with City officials. City Council’s contribution to the endowment funds for City of Toronto scholarships is $1.7 million. The total fund is $4.2 million from matching contributions provided by the provincial government and the university.

Since the establishment of City of Toronto scholarships and bursaries, 1,414 awards have been made.
For the 2008-09 school year, awards totalling $190,000 have been provided for five scholarships and 93 bursaries.

1. City of Toronto Queen Elizabeth II Sesquicentennial Scholarships in Community Health Nursing - established in 1984
- In 1984, this scholarship was established to commemorate the City of Toronto’s Sesquicentennial and the Royal Visit by Queen Elizabeth II.
- In 1997, a graduate scholarship was established when endowment funds were transferred to the University of Toronto. Matching funds from the province and the university were used to generate additional income to support this award.
- The undergraduate scholarship is open to students completing the third year of the four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) program, on the basis of financial need and academic achievement, particularly in courses related to community health nursing.
- The graduate scholarship is open to students on the basis of financial need and academic merit, who are enrolled in the Graduate Department of Nursing and who have completed courses in community health nursing and demonstrate a commitment to this aspect of nursing.
- The scholarship was established through the efforts of then Councillor Anne Johnston, the Board of Health and the Toronto Sesquicentennial Board.

2. City of Toronto Scholarship in Women’s Studies - est. 1985
- In 1985, this award was established to commemorate the centenary of women being admitted as students to the University of Toronto in 1885.
- It is awarded to a student entering fourth year or equivalent and deemed likely to continue on to graduate school.
- A graduate scholarship was established in 1997 when endowment funds were transferred to the university. The matching dollars provided by the university and the province generated income to support this additional award.
- Undergraduate and graduate recipients are engaged in research that will benefit the urban environment and may cover studies pertaining to the status of women, community studies and public policy, including work in the areas of transportation, housing, urban planning, employment, public works and municipal services.
- The first scholarship was established in 1985 through the efforts of the City’s Equal Opportunity Office and Councillors Anne Johnston and June Rowlands.

3. Aboriginal Students in Health Professions - est. 1989
- In 1989, the scholarship was established to respond to the acute shortage of Aboriginal Health Care Professionals.
- It is awarded to up to two students in the second, third or fourth year of post secondary education, based on academic excellence, knowledge of the Aboriginal community and its traditions and financial need.
- The scholarship was established through the leadership of former Mayor Art Eggleton and the Toronto Mayor’s Committee on Community and Race Relations.

4. Scarborough Frank Faubert Scholarship - est. 1997
- In 1997, the City of Scarborough donated $1 million to establish scholarships at the University of Toronto at Scarborough. This endowment was matched by the Province and the University bringing the total endowment to $3 million.
- Scholarships are awarded to students in a degree program offered by the Department of Management and Economics on the basis of financial need.
- Eligible candidates are graduates of high schools within the geographic limits of the Corporation of the City of Scarborough as it existed on December 31, 1997.
- Leadership to establish this award was taken on by Scarborough Mayor Frank Faubert and Councillor Brad Duguid.
- In 2000 this award was renamed the Scarborough Frank Faubert Award to recognize the late mayor’s 27 years of public service.

5. Graduate Scholarship for Women in Mathematics - est. 1997
- This graduate award was established in March 1997 as part of a series of commitments between the City and the University of Toronto which included funding for the Faculty of Management and the reconstruction of St. George Street. It also coincided with the establishment of the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematics and the Centre for Human Genome Research and Molecular Medicine. During discussions of overall City support for the University of Toronto, it was agreed that the City and the University would find ways of increasing the representation of women pursuing the study of mathematics at the graduate level.
- This award has not been given every year because of the limited enrolment of women in this program.
- Former Toronto Mayor June Rowlands played a lead role in the establishment of this scholarship.

6. The Dan Leckie City of Toronto Bursaries - established 1999
- In 1999, the University of Toronto sought the closing of a public laneway that was valued at $460,000. In lieu of direct payment, the university requested that the value of the land be allocated to a capital account that would provide revenue for bursaries for City of Toronto residents. The bursaries were named after former City Councillor Dan Leckie, who had been a student leader at the University of Toronto.
- Bursaries are awarded to undergraduate or graduate students who are in environmental or community studies, on the basis of financial need and academic merit. Candidates must be full-time residents of the City of Toronto.
- The initiative for this award was led by former Toronto Councillor Olivia Chow.

Media contact: Ceta Ramkhalawansingh, Manager, Diversity Management and Community Engagement, City of Toronto, cramkhal@toronto.ca 416-392-6824







 

 

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