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REF NO.: 153

SUBJECT: Respected group raises money for Memorial University scholarships
DATE: April 14, 2008

A local organization – the largest of its kind in Atlantic Canada – is hoping for a big turn-out later next week during a two-day fundraiser to raise money for Memorial University of Newfoundland scholarships.
            The St. John’s Club of the Canadian Federation of University Women is holding a major book sale on Friday, April 25, from 7-9 p.m., and Saturday, April 26, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre. Thousands of books will be available at reasonable prices, with recently published novels going for just $5.
            Since January 2008, members have been collecting, sorting and pricing books for the sale, which regularly attracts hundreds of people on the hunt for good sales.
            All categories of fiction and non-fiction including children's books will be available on the main concourse of the centre. On the third floor, one room will be filled with collectibles and Newfoundland Labrador books, while another will have bargain books being sold by the bagful. Proceeds from the two-day event will ensure the club continues a longstanding tradition of providing funding for a series of scholarships to Memorial as well as conduct other educational projects for the 2009-10 year.
            Currently, the CFUW provides funding for two annual bursaries for women at Memorial, valued at $1,500 each.
            The club also funds four scholarships valued at $2,000 each awarded to women in the: masters program in the Department of Women’s Studies; the masters or doctoral program in the Faculty of Education; the third- or fourth-year undergraduate level in the Faculty of Arts; and the third- or fourth-year undergraduate level of Physical Education in the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation.
            As well, the organization funds two scholarships, valued at $1,000 each, awarded to women attending the Marine Institute and the College of the North Atlantic whose studies are leading to a career in a non-traditional working area for women.
            It also awards a scholarship valued at $1,000 for a woman in the Early Childhood Education Program at the college.
            Additionally, the CFUW will also provide Memorial’s Campus Food Bank with a $1,000 donation this year, and continue funding for the club’s Newfoundland Art Posters in Schools Project in various areas of the province.
            The St. John’s club of the CFUW is one of 122 similar organizations across Canada. More information about the group and its varied program at the local, national and international levels is available online at www.envision.ca/webs/cfuwstjohns/ or by contacting any member of the executive listed on the website.
            New members are always welcome to join CFUW St. John's.
For information about the sale, please call 753-4534 or e-mail thodder@nf.sympatico.ca.

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