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Hard work and dedication reap rewards.

The Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation announced on May 12 the Aboriginal recipients of this year's millennium excellence awards, and three come from British Columbia.

Tiare Jung, a Haida student attending Duchess Park Secondary School in Prince George receives a provincial award.

Nicolas Johnson, a Metis student attending W.L. Seaton Secondary School in Vernon receives a local award.

Selina Boan, a Cree student attending Frances Kelsey Secondary School in Mill Bay, also receives a local award.

The students were chosen for their exceptional achievements in leadership, social innovation, academic performance and community service.

This year's laureates are uniquely accomplished in an almost endless variety of areas. Hard work and dedication are the hallmark of their efforts.

Other excellence award winners are:

Oopik Aglukark, an Inuk attending John Arnalukjuak High School in Arviat Nunavut, will receive a territorial award;

Jennifer Bozek, a Metis student attending Carpenter High School in Meadow Lake Saskatchewan, will receive a local award;

Tara Desroches, a Metis student attending E.D. Feehan Catholic High School in Saskatoon Saskatchewan will receive a provincial award;

Heather Miltenburg, a Metis student attending Gordon Bell High School in Winnipeg Manitoba, will receive a local award.

There are three levels of excellence entrance awards: national ($25,000), provincial-territorial ($20,500) and local ($4,500). The awards will be used towards the cost of studies at any Canadian university or college.

"An investment in the education of these outstanding citizens is an investment in our society's future," said Norman Riddell, executive director and CEO of the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation. "These individuals have already demonstrated their ability to better the world around them; they know how to make a difference--something they will continue to do long after the foundation's mandate winds down at the end of this year."

Since 2000, the foundation, through its different awards programs, has delivered almost one million bursaries and scholarships, worth $3 billion, to students across Canada. For a complete list of this year's laureates and more information about the Foundation and its programs,



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Date:Jun 1, 2009
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