Prez dines with scholars
By Lindsay Issac
Western's national scholars were honoured at a reception Wednesday evening held at university President Paul Davenport's home.
All entrance scholarship award winners studying at Western were invited to attend the cocktail reception which recognized the achievements of the scholars.
Seventeen first-year students received the scholarships which are the highest form of recognition given by Western, Davenport said.
He added recruitment scholarships are awarded based on the majority decision of a committee. "The committee evaluates the applicants, which are made up of the most outstanding students from across Canada."
These scholarships are the most prestigious awards offered by Western and apply to all four years of undergraduate studies. "The students must, however, maintain a good academic standing over the course of their studies in order to maintain their scholarship," Davenport said.
The reception was an informal affair which focused on a speech by Davenport, explained Elsina Stoetzer, event organizer and coordinator of ceremonies at Western.
"President Davenport made a short speech that recognized the achievements of the students and thanked them for their efforts," Stoetzer said. "The honourees were also presented with a framed certificate by Davenport."
Dick and Beryl Ivey, along with several other donors of specific scholarships, were also in attendance. "Some of the recipients of donated scholarships were able to meet the donors of their award at the reception," Stoetzer said.
University-funded scholarships include the President's Entrance Scholarships and the Faculty Entrance Scholarships which are worth $24,000, and $16,000 over four years. Both of these awards also include a year of free residence.
London resident Rebecca McKillican, a first-year recipient of the Faculty of Engineering Science Entrance Scholarship, said she was pleased with her decision to study at Western. "I was very happy to have received a full scholarship from Western," she said.
"I had an interview in front of a panel of seven or eight professors from different faculties," she said. "I also received a few other scholarships from companies and received a scholarship offer from Queen's.
"I am happy with my decision to attend Western, the scholarship definitely influenced my decision."