Durham College students win Millennium Scholarship Awards

Second-year Chemical Engineering Technology student Terrence Rigby receives his Millennium Scholarship Award from Durham College President Leah Myers.

December 11, 2007

Durham College celebrated seven visionary students on November 22 at a ceremony to honour this year’s recipients of Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation Excellence Awards in recognition of outstanding leadership.

The winners gathered in the Community Room at the Oshawa campus with their family and deans to celebrate their accomplishments, and received accolades from Durham College President Leah Myers and Margaret Greenley, vice-president of Student Affairs.

“At Durham College, we’re focused on student success so naturally we’re very proud of these seven outstanding men and women being honoured with these prestigious scholarships,” said Greenley. “These awards are an investment in exceptional individuals who serve as leaders and role models on campus. We fully expect they will have long, productive careers and accomplishments that will no doubt continue to benefit our communities and country.”

The Millennium Excellence Award program recognizes post-secondary students who thrive in the classroom and community and are considered to be the visionary leaders of tomorrow. Each winner receives a $4,000 to $5,000 gift to help them continue to improve their community, implement new ideas and maintain a solid academic record.

The recipients’ resumes boast extracurricular activities and philanthropic work, including one student who spent two years in Burundi teaching orphaned children and another who helped raise tens of thousands of dollars for charities such as the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. They also all achieved high marks in the first year of their programs – two scored a 5.0 grade point average – while juggling other activities such as peer mentoring, student council, coaching soccer and sitting on an educational advisory board.

This year, two students won $5,000 renewable scholarships, a first for Durham College in the Level 1 category.

“I am so proud to have received this award,” said Terrence Rigby, one of the $5,000 scholarship winners and a second-year Chemical Engineering Technology student. “By helping others, I’ve always found appreciation in the outcome from my assistance and that is an award in itself.”

Thomas McLean, who is pursuing Court and Tribunal Agent/Paralegal studies, also received a renewable scholarship valued at $5,000.

The other Millennium award recipients at Durham College are Antonia Ferreira, a second-year Paramedic studies student, and second-year Public Relations student Teresa Mckenna, each receiving renewable scholarships valued at $4,000; Emily Clarke, a second-year Human Services Worker student, Mark Ferri, in his second year of Industrial Automation and Robotics – Mechtronics studies, and Bryan Fong, a second-year Business Administration student, with one-time scholarships valued at $4,000.

Durham College is the premier college in Canada for career-focused students who succeed in a challenging, supportive and inclusive learning environment. Durham graduates have the market-ready skills to obtain great careers and make a difference in the world.


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