Conestoga news

August 23, 2006 9:58 AM

Conestoga Student Wins Prestigious National Scholarship

Kathleen Richardson Kathleen Richardson of Kitchener, who has completed first-year studies in the Public Relations program of Conestoga College, has been named one of only 24 national winners of an upper-year award from the Garfield Weston Merit Scholarship for Colleges.

This scholarship program was launched in 1998 by the W. Garfield Weston Foundation in co-operation with the Canadian Merit Scholarship Foundation, to recognize college students who meet these criteria:
• Passionate about the chosen field of study and willing to try new things;
• Caring about matters involving family, neighbourhood and community; and
• Interested and involved in activities that make a difference in society.

The upper-year national scholarship award entails full tuition for the coming year plus $8,000 to cover living expenses, $4,000 to cover costs associated with the past year, the opportunity to renew the award for up to two additional years in the interest of pursuing further studies, and an additional $3,500 to be applied towards the costs of undertaking an overseas project. An additional 24 college students were named winners of national entrance scholarship awards.

Besides her strong academic performance to date in the Public Relations program, Richardson also is keenly interested in gaining experience doing humanitarian work in Africa and has joined with a Conestoga student colleague to prepare for the launch of Conestoga’s first on-campus Habitat for Humanity program this fall.

This year, more than 900 applicants sought the 24 available upper-year national scholarships.

CONTACT: Fran Gregory, 519-748-5220, ext. 3791,