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Earth Sciences holds annual scholarship ceremony

One of the unique aspects of the Dennis R. Prince Memorial Scholarship lies with the award of an engraved Brunton Compass in recognition of a career pointing towards studies and applications of mineral exploration and development. This year’s recipient was Patrick Caul.

By Kelly Foss

Nearly $50,000 in student scholarships was handed out in the Department of Earth Sciences last week. The awards recognized academic achievement, financial need and community involvement.

Among the many scholarships presented this year were two new scholarships, the Rees Scholarship, created by a recent alumnus, and the Teck Scholarship, created by and named for a Canadian mining company. In addition, it was noted that of the scholarships awarded this year by the Canadian Exploration Geophysicists Society (CEGS), nearly one third of the scholarships awarded went to Memorial University students.

The head of Earth Sciences, Dr. John Hanchar, said that is because his unit is one of largest and strongest departments in Canada.

“Each year we produce about eight to 10 per cent of Canada’s professional practicing earth scientists, not bad for a province with only two per cent of Canada’s population,” he said. “Our students, our programs and our research are broadly recognized worldwide. We aim to stay that way.”

Dr. Hanchar acknowledged the presence of special guests from related professional organizations, learned societies and academia, but gave an especially warm welcome to family members of individuals for whom some of the department’s scholarships are named.

“Named scholarships are particularly significant since they represent a personal commitment to someone’s memory through an endowment, and often by a family member or friend,” he said,

He encouraged scholarship recipients to consider making their own commitment to the department in the future.

“The financial value of awards presented today is nowhere near the actual university cost for even a single student. There is a growing need for additional support and for program development. As you prepare to leave here and to develop your careers, we would like you to think about someday returning the favour and contributing to the Earth Sciences scholarships program. Our history is your history. Our future successes are in many ways tied to your future success.”