media release

SFU improves access for top Indian students

November 18, 2011

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Simon Fraser University president Andrew Petter today announced several initiatives to attract top students from India’s Delhi Public Schools (DPS) to study in Canada.

Meeting today with DPS officials and students, Petter announced that beginning next year an SFU India Entrance Scholarship will be created to provide a top DPS graduate with $10,000 to help with tuition and other expenses. The annual award requires a minimum 95 per cent academic average.

The scholarship will be awarded in two $5,000 installments, with a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.0 necessary for the second disbursement. The prize also includes a $1,000 travel allowance.

“This scholarship recognizes SFU’s longstanding relationship with Delhi Public Schools and our mutual commitment to creating further opportunities for their outstanding students to study in Canada,” Petter said during a visit to Ghaziabad, located east of New Delhi.

Petter is travelling throughout India as part of the B.C. government’s current trade mission to South Asia. He is meeting with new and existing academic and industry partners to help position SFU as Canada’s “bridge to India."

SFU will also explore with Delhi Public Schools two additional initiatives. The first would establish an annual major entrance scholarship to recognize high academic standing as well as a commitment to school and community service, leadership, volunteer activity, the arts and/or athletics.

The second would create a summer institute to provide opportunities for high school students to spend several weeks at SFU, living in residence and participating in activities inside and outside the classroom.


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