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Laurier’s Awards of Distinction celebrate academic excellence
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Wilfrid Laurier University celebrated its annual Awards of Distinction with an evening event at Knox Presbyterian Church on March 7. With a total of 250 donors, recipients and guests involved, this year marked the largest Awards of Distinction ceremony ever held by the university.
These scholarships and awards are among the most prestigious honours available to Laurier students. Each award has a minimum value of $5,000, an amount which is often life-changing for a student trying to finance their education. The event provided an opportunity for the donors to meet their award recipients and learn more about the impact of their gift upon the student’s life.
“Being recognized for one’s effort is always a great privilege,” said Bharati Sethi, a PhD candidate in Laurier’s Faculty of Social Work, whose community-based research focuses on immigrant and refugee experiences in Canada. “The financial aspect of the award will assist me greatly in my path to achieve a doctoral degree.”
The donors of the awards range from alumni who wish to honour a friend, colleague or family member, to corporations seeking to support Canadian expertise in global finance.
“These scholarships and awards are so generous that their impact is often transformative for our students,” said Rob Donelson, Laurier’s vice-president of development and alumni relations. “It was inspiring to hear so many stories of how the donations allowed these gifted students to focus on their studies and reach their full academic potential. The university is grateful to the generous individuals and corporations with the heart and vision to invest in some of Laurier’s best and brightest students.”
The evening included a special video presentation of each student, with photos and comments demonstrating their work, studies and appreciation for support.
To see a complete list of the 2012 Awards of Distinction recipients, please click here.