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REF NO.: 184

SUBJECT: Fifty high school students from across the province depart for prestigious SHAD program

DATE: July 2

On Sunday, July 5, 50 next-generation innovators from Newfoundland and Labrador will depart for universities across Canada to participate in the SHAD program.

This year’s scholarship winners are from communities all over the province; they join more than 600 Canadian high school students who competed for a place in the program.

SHAD is a highly competitive, four-week summer enrichment program held at 12 Canadian universities, including Memorial. It is Canada’s leading network for transforming

exceptional youth to create global impact. The journey starts by identifying students with exceptional intelligence, drive, initiative and creativity, and then immersing them in a one-month STEM-focused summer program. Students compete for internship opportunities after the one month is complete, and join the alumni network comprised of more than 14,000 people, including many of Canada’s Rhodes Scholars, Loran Scholarship and Schulich Leader Scholarship recipients, to name a few.

This is the first group of students from Newfoundland and Labrador to attend the SHAD program on full scholarships made possible by a $2.85-million investment from Hibernia Management and Development Company Ltd. (HMDC) announced in July 2014. The funding was created by the Hibernia Project-SHAD Fund at Memorial to encourage high school students to pursue studies in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and to consider pursuing post-secondary studies at Memorial. HMDC’s investment also helped expand the program’s capacity at Memorial and provided financial support for more students from across the country to travel to Newfoundland and Labrador.

“We are delighted to see such strong participation from students in Newfoundland and Labrador and all across Canada,” said Barry Bisson, president, SHAD. “When we increase the diversity of the SHAD participants at each host campus, we improve our national program and give students the opportunity to engage with people they might not otherwise have the chance to meet.”

 “Every year we look forward to welcoming students from across Canada to our SHAD program at Memorial and to sending local students across Canada to gain knowledge and have unique experiences that will help shape their future career paths,” said Dr. Leonard Lye, program director, SHAD Memorial University.

The SHAD program has operated at Memorial since 2003. Since then, more than 500 high school students from across the country have travelled to Memorial to learn from world-class researchers and renowned experts.

Students will gather at St. John’s International Airport to depart late in the morning on Sunday, July 5. Students from other provinces will be arriving at the airport at around the same time.

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For more information or to arrange interviews, please contact Tara Stuckless, SHAD outreach co-ordinator, Memorial University, at coordinatorNL@shad.ca or 709-864-2732, or Jennifer Batten, communications co-ordinator, Memorial University, at jbatten@mun.ca or 709-864-4873.

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