Volume 93, Issue 6

Friday, June 18, 1999


Stadium plans jump out of starting block

Bank CEO sparks protest at Toronto U

If scholarship's not Scottish, it's crap!

Cracks in program may plague Registrar's office

Police make arrest in Drink investigation

Study says veggies can't beat meat



Caught on campus

Caught on campus again

If scholarship's not Scottish, it's crap!

By Stephanie Cesca
Gazette Staff

Western's most desirable exchange scholarship has been awarded to six undergraduate students who will be off to St. Andrews University in Scotland this September.

The Canadian Robert T. Jones Jr. Scholarship Foundation awards $5,000 to six students for the opportunity to study in one of the most prestigious universities in the world, said Jessica Braden, exchange co-ordinator in the office of the registrar at Western.

"At the university level, it's the highest value of scholarship," Braden said, adding the scholarship is not available to all students. "It's basically open to students in arts, social science and science."

Furthermore, she added students must be in an honours program, maintain a minimum 80 per cent average throughout their university career, have extracurricular activities and apply to the university in their third year.

One of the initiators of the program, Bill McClelland, said the relationship and exchange program between St. Andrews and Western commenced in the late 1970s when he was chair of Western's psychology department.

The exchange initially started with professors, when both universities realized similarities with each other. "As that happened, we started to realize we could open it up to students," McClelland said.

He added when students started travelling to St. Andrews, donations were made available to the program and consequently the students. "We opened it up and then the money started to come into the program."

McClelland said several recipients of this award have become successful individuals, with some of them even becoming Rhodes Scholars.

Keith Fleming, a history professor at Western who also sits on the selection committee for scholarship recipients, said he felt this opportunity would be an immeasurable experience for the six students. "It's a delightful setting. The size of the university and community is very enticing."

Fleming said a year in the United Kingdom also offers students the potential to travel the British Isles and several European countries.

Tim McPhee, a second-year English student and scholarship recipient, said he is extremely excited about his future year in Scotland. In order to be accepted to this program, McPhee said he underwent a lengthy application process. "You had to do an interview with seven people."

When he returns next year, McPhee said he plans to tell his friends and family how much of an advantage he has had in university. "Academically, you can always say you have studied at St. Andrews."

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