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B.C. student wins 2007 RBC Aboriginal Scholarship


Meghan Shannon, a Métis from Parksville, British Columbia is one of eight students from across Canada to receive a scholarship this year from RBC.

All winners of the 13th annual RBC Aboriginal Student Awards program receive $4,000 annually for their education expenses for a maximum of four years at university or two years at college.

“Investing in the bright future of these individuals is an investment in the future of their communities,” said Moira Jenkins, vice-president, Commercial Banking. “Meghan has demonstrated a capacity for leadership, community involvement and creativity that RBC is proud to recognize.”

Ms. Shannon will start her second year at University of British Columbia in September and is currently studying economics. She plans to pursue a career in banking and hopes to one day work for the World Bank.

The RBC Aboriginal Student Awards Program is offered to students currently enrolled in post-secondary studies. Recipients who are interested in pursuing careers in the financial services industry are also considered for summer and post-graduate employment opportunities with RBC. Selections are made by an independent committee of academics from the aboriginal community, and are based on personal and academic achievements as well as individual financial need. To date, RBC has awarded 69 scholarships totalling $834,000 to Aboriginal students in Canada.

RBC has a long-standing relationship with Canada’s Aboriginal Peoples and in 2006 donated over $950,000 to support Aboriginal causes. In addition to the Aboriginal Student Awards Program, RBC also supports the Historica Foundation’s heritage programs for Aboriginal students and donated funds to the Dominion Institute to support its Aboriginal Youth Writing Challenge.


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