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SUBJECT: Central Newfoundland students benefit from new Memorial University scholarships
DATE: July 11, 2006

Four new bursaries – valued at approximately $5,000 each – will give Memorial University students from central Newfoundland an opportunity to travel and study at the university’s Harlow Campus in England.
The Rothermere Harlow Travel Bursaries will enable full-time undergraduate students to attend a complete semester at the campus, which is located about midway between London and Cambridge.
Students from communities in central Newfoundland will be given first preference for the bursaries, two of which will be awarded during the fall 2006 semester, while two more will be presented during the winter 2007 semester.
The bursaries, valued at £2,500 each (or approximately $5,000) will be awarded annually to students in financial need who have a minimum grade point average of two out of a possible four.
If there are not enough eligible students from Central Newfoundland in a given year, then students from other regions of the province may be considered.
The bursaries will be awarded by the Senate Committee on Undergraduate Scholarships and Financial Aid based on a recommendation from the Scholarship Committee of the Harlow Campus Trust.
Students are required to complete a special application for the bursaries. Forms are available from the Scholarship and Awards Office located in room 4018 in the Smallwood Centre on the St. John’s campus, or online at www.mun.ca/scholarships.
Students interested in applying should contact the Scholarships and Awards Office as soon as possible – the first of these bursaries will be allocated shortly.
The Rothermere Harlow Travel Bursaries build on a long and distinguished relationship Memorial University has with the Rothermere Foundation, which also awards one of the most prestigious and valuable scholarships offered at the university. The Rothermere Foundation Fellowship for graduate students studying in the U.K. was established by Lord Rothermere, Memorial University’s first chancellor, and is valued at approximately $17,000 a year.
“Historically, the Rothermere Foundation has been a significant partner in supporting the ongoing education and development of Memorial’s deserving students,” said Dr. Lilly Walker, dean of Student Affairs and Services at Memorial. “In establishing these Rothermere Harlow Travel Bursaries, they are further investing in the educational experiences of students from this province.
“Students tell us that studying at Harlow is a life-transforming experience, which is in keeping with Memorial’s efforts to offer innovative and unique programming that allows our students to become their best and realize their true potential. With the establishment of these travel bursaries, greater numbers of students from the rural areas of our province will be able to participate in the educational adventures that Harlow provides.”   
The creation of a Harlow travel bursary for a student from Central Newfoundland was announced last year when Jonathan Harmsworth, 4th Viscount Rothermere, and his uncle, Maj. Vyvyan Harmsworth, visited this province. The two visited the centennial celebrations in the town of Grand Falls-Windsor. Lord Jonathan Rothermere is the great-grandson of Harold Harmsworth who, along with his brother Alfred, founded the Anglo-Newfoundland Development Company, which built the pulp and paper mill in Grand Falls-Windsor.
 
Editor’s note: Full-time undergraduate students from the attached central Newfoundland communities will be given first preference for the Rothermere Harlow Travel Bursaries.

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