Graduate student awarded prestigious fellowship
By Wade Kearley
Darcy McMeekin (Photo by Wade Kearley)
Memorial University graduate student Darcy McMeekin is one of three candidates selected from across Canada for a prestigious national one-year fellowship in advancement.
Offered by TD Meloche Monnex (TDMM) through the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education (CCAE) each advancement fellowship includes a $25,000 cash award.
In announcing the fellowship, Dr. Penny Blackwood, director of Memorial’s Office of Alumni Affairs and Development (AAD) said her office supported Mr. McMeekin in his application because he had already demonstrated his skills and adaptability during a three-month internship with AAD.
“In addition to his commitment to further his understanding and experience in the advancement profession, he has superior academic standing and an impressive record of community involvement,” she said. “Together these make him an exceptionally well-rounded candidate.”
The fellowship will enable Mr. McMeekin to develop his advancement skills within AAD for one year, effective May 8, 2006. During that time he will assume projects including the development of a student alumni chapter, the management of communications technologies, and the creation of new affinity partnerships. The latter will help generate new revenues for scholarships and offer new benefits to alumni, students, faculty and staff.
Looking forward to his year as an advancement fellow, Mr. McMeekin said, “One of the areas where I will be able to make a significant contribution is in the area of improving alumni involvement with varsity athletics.” As well, Mr. McMeekin will begin to design “new types of alumni events that will appeal to younger alumni generations and their families.”
An ambitious and involved student, Mr. McMeekin volunteers with numerous leadership programs at Memorial including orientation, Memorial Ambassadors, Student Affairs Leadership Training, 1-in-4 Sexual Assault Awareness Training, and Leadership Education and Preparation.
Mr. McMeekin is working towards the completion of his master’s of education in post secondary studies.
The TDMM/CCAE Fellowship program began seven years ago with the goal of recruiting and training top alumni professionals in Canada. In 2003 the scope of the Fellowship program was expanded to cover educational advancement in a broader sense.
TDMM and CCAE share a long-term commitment to support education and partner together to foster educational excellence in Canada.