top students with high GPAs and outstanding leadership

Scholarship change means well-rounded top students

March 21, 2007

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By Julie Ovenell-Carter

Hundreds of top SFU students can breathe easier following registrar Kate Ross' recent announcement that they will no longer have to achieve both a term grade-point average (GPA) and a cumulative GPA of 3.5 to remain eligible for major scholarships.

The university's senate ruled in February that, effective next semester, recipients will be required only to achieve a cumulative GPA average of 3.5 to meet the academic continuance requirement for third and subsequent disbursements of their major entrance scholarships.

Each year, the university awards dozens of major entrance scholarships, worth between $24,000 and $34,000, to outstanding applicants nominated by high school counsellors across the country.

In addition to having extremely high GPAs, major scholarship winners also demonstrate outstanding leadership skills and community involvement. "What we discovered is that these amazing students needed to be recognized for admirable levels of community service while achieving high levels of academic performance," observes entrance scholarship coordinator Stephanie Greaves.

"With this change of policy, we are saying that top academic students who are highly engaged in the community are recognized and supported at SFU."

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