Volume 93, Issue x

Wednesday, March 18, 1999


Admin upset over independent pub plans

McMaster gets some Nortel money

Biz students make good

Credit checks part of loan program

United Way opens up shop at Galleria


Online journals get funding

Buzz Mecca

McMaster gets some Nortel money

By Paul-Mark Rendon
Gazette Staff

Students at McMaster University learned Monday they were recipients of a windfall of scholarships, as Nortel Networks announced a $20 million donation will go to student aid.

According to Wendy Herman, media relations representative for Nortel Networks, The Nortel Networks Scholars Initiative is set to provide 450 scholarships over the next 10 years to the Hamilton-based university. The scholarships range in value from $500 to $3,500 and are slated to go to students in the science and technology fields, she said.

Although plans for the scholars program have only recently gotten underway, Herman said she has already heard positive feedback in response to the initiative.

She added the bulk of the scholarships will specifically go to students in electrical, computer and software engineering programs.

Mamdouh Shoukri, dean of engineering science at McMaster, said he was delighted to hear of the new initiative and stressed the need to focus more resources into the information technology field.

He added the school was looking to dole out 30-40 undergraduate scholarships along with 10 graduate scholarships as the year progressed.

"We can get as many students as we're willing to open the door for," he said, adding interest in areas such as information technology had soared in recent years.

The support from companies like Nortel Networks was essential to students' progress in high-tech studies, he said. "Their support is in the form of significant contributions to our faculty."

Shoukri said he was keen on trying to persuade students to maintain the faculty's current scholarship base by encouraging recruits into information technology studies.

He also said scholarship contributions benefit both the donor company as well as the students who receive the funds. "This is an example of where interests coincide," he said. "The information technology sector is trying to see as much talent as it can."

Mark Path, of Western's development office, said a gift of $500,000 was donated by Nortel to Western earlier this year to go towards undergraduate scholarships in engineering science, information and media studies and the faculty of computer science. He added there are ongoing discussions with Nortel Networks to move forward in initiatives such as the Scholar's Program.

Path said Western has recognized the information technology field to be expanding and have made plans to focus future joint scholarship programs to increase access to the information technology field.

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