Top students rewarded
By Paul-Mark Rendon
The cream of Western's crop was recently recognized as the University of Western Ontario Faculty Association awarded its annual academic scholarships to top students in each faculty.
At a reception last Thursday, 32 students were given scholarships in the amount of $500 each. "The reception was absolutely packed it went very well," said Ernest Redekop, vice-president of UWOFA.
Aniko Varpalotai, UWOFA president, agreed the event was successful. "It was the highlight of our year," she said.
Awarded since 1971, the top students in each faculty are nominated by their professors, Redekop said. "I believe this is the only faculty association in Canada that has this esteem," he said.
Western President Paul Davenport said the award deserves much recognition, as it represents the best from both students and faculty. "I have attended the reception each of my five years at UWO and it's always a pleasure meeting remarkable people," he said.
Redekop said since tuition has increased, he wants to see the amount of the scholarships increased as well. "I would like to see the amount raised. It will depend on what our members want to do."
Varpalotai agreed the faculty association would like to see the scholarship amount raised in the future. "I know it's not much, but right now with tuition fees increasing, every little bit helps," she said.
The scholarship money is donated directly from the faculty's dues, Redekop explained.
Mary Anne deKergommeaux, UWOFA treasurer, said all faculty members each paid $23 annually to fund the scholarships. "It's terrific they're doing this," she said.
Sabrina Kaufman, a first-year honours business administration student and a recipient of the scholarship, said she was pleased to be chosen. "I'm very honoured to receive the award. It was very nice to have the opportunity to meet some great people," she said. "I really got a feel for how dedicated the faculty is to its students."