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Nursing student adds national scholarship to list of accomplishments

By Michelle Osmond

Fourth year School of Nursing student Gina Colborne is no stranger to winning or taking on challenges. She hasn't even begun her nursing career yet, and she's got a list of accomplishments under her belt.

Ms. Colborne's most recent achievement? She's won one of 20 McGraw-Hill Ryerson Student Scholarship Awards, meant to reward higher education students from across Canada who enhance the learning environment. There are 20 individual $1,000 scholarships awarded to full-time undergraduate students each year.

Ms. Colborne, who was nominated by faculty member Dr. Sandra MacDonald, competed against more than 500 other students across the country who were evaluated based on their academic and personal integrity, classroom engagement and initiative. The board looks for scholarship candidates who show respect and empathy for others, whose overall engagement and participation have a positive impact on the classroom, and who draw upon the array of learning resources available to them.

Ms. Colborne recently won two scholarships and three awards including the CIHR Professional Student Award. In 2010, she was chosen for the Rising Researcher Support Program, one of four training awards with the Canadian Child Health Clinician Scientist Program. Last February, she was the team leader for health promotion at the Red Dress Event, otherwise known as the Heart Truth Fashion Show to raise awareness of cardiovascular disease in women -- one of the major annual fundraisers for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. More recently, she was part of the School of Nursing team that advanced to the finals of the Canadian Evaluation Society Case Competition. It was the first time in the competition's 16-year history that a nursing team advanced to the finals.