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REF NO.: 193

SUBJECT: Memorial hosts Shad Valley

DATE: May 11

Memorial University will welcome faculty, members of the provincial government, corporate representatives and a number of alumni from the Shad Valley program at a special dinner at R. Gushue Hall in St. John’s May 11.

At this year’s event, Derrick Dalley, parliamentary secretary to the minister of the provincial Department of Education, will announce a significant funding contribution to the Shad Valley program. The funds will enhance the Shad Valley experience for the 13 outstanding high school students from across Newfoundland accepted to the highly competitive program this year.

Of the 13 participants for Shad Valley 2010, six are from St. John’s, four are from Corner Brook, one is from Gander, one is from Fogo Island and one is from Logy Bay. In total, 286 Shad alumni have come from Newfoundland since the Shad Valley program was launched.

            Shad Valley is a not-for-profit organization based in Waterloo, Ont., focused on identifying high-potential future achievers both nationally and abroad, and unleashing the entrepreneurial and innovative potential of these exceptional youth.

Memorial has been involved with the program since 2007, when the MUN Shad chapter signed a memorandum of understanding with Shad International MUN Shad has had the most university wide involvement of all Shad programs in the country. Last year, more than 30 lectures were given by many top-notch professors, including several research chairs and teaching awards winners. In addition, over 30 hands-on seminars were also conducted by professors in medicine, engineering, science, arts, business, human kinetics and others.

Memorial also provides three entrance scholarships to Shad alumni valued at $12,000 each, as well as two internships for Shad Alumni at $2,500 each and three bursaries valued at $3,000 each for Newfoundland and Labrador high school students to attend Shad each year.

For more information about Shad Valley, please visit

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