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Earth Day scholarships to be announced April 22

Toronto, ON -- With Earth Day approaching, judges from across the country will once again be given the difficult ta...


Toronto, ON — With Earth Day approaching, judges from across the country will once again be given the difficult task of singling out one student as the national grand prize winner of the Toyota Earth Day Scholarship Program. On April 22, 2005 (Earth Day), at a ceremony at the Allan Gardens Conservatory in Toronto, this exceptional young person, selected from among 15 regional finalists, will be awarded the Outstanding Environmental Achievement Award and a notebook computer.

The Toyota Earth Day Scholarship was established by Toyota Canada Inc. (TCI) and Earth Day Canada to help cultivate and nurture environmental leadership in young people from communities across Canada.

During April, each regional finalist was to be announced at a local ceremony where he or she would be presented a $5,000 cheque and scholarship certificate before family, peers, school faculty and staff, plus representatives from TCI, municipal government and the local school board.

This elite group of 15 students from across Canada, who are entering post-secondary studies, is being recognized for outstanding achievements in environmental community service, academics and extracurricular participation.

The Toyota Earth Day Scholarship is an entrance scholarship offered to students attending a Canadian university or college, or Qubec junior college in any chosen field of study. The only stipulation for each recipient is that he or she goes on to post secondary education in Canada.

“We are pleased to continue our support of the Toyota Earth Day Scholarship Program,” says Ken Tomikawa, president and CEO of TCI. “This important initiative will help our future environmental leaders benefit from a wonderful and broad education, and we hope that the program will encourage even more students to nurture their passion for improving the environment.”

Jed Goldberg, president of Earth Day Canada remarks, “The commitment and passion these young Canadians continue to show for the environment and its betterment never ceases to amaze and impress me.”

For more information about the Toyota Earth Day Scholarship Program, visit www.earthday.ca/scholarship.