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Graduate environmental scholarship endowment made at University of Waterloo


Waterloo, ON March 18, 2003 Canada’s future experts in environmental teaching and research have received a big boost in support thanks to a C$900,000 endowment made by the TD Bank Financial Group at the University of Waterloo (UW).

The TD Bank Graduate Scholarships in the Environment will be awarded annually to graduate students enrolled in the UW Faculties of Engineering, Environmental Studies and Science whose areas of study have a strong environmental focus.

Six awards valued at $5,000 each will be given annually and will be double-matched through an Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) or an Ontario Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (OGSST), making the combined value of each award worth $15,000.

“There is an urgent need for new knowledge and technologies that will help us understand and manage the delicate balance between human activity and nature,” says David Johnston, UW president. “We are thankful for TDBFG’s generous gift, which will help enable UW’s most talented environmental researchers to develop innovative solutions for the future.”

The scholarship was recognized today before a UW public lecture given by Kelly Thambimuthu, a leading international authority on climate change and fossil fuels. Thambimuthu is the 2003 TD Canada Trust/Walter Bean Visiting Professor in the Environment.