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News release: 73 students to receive entrance scholarships this September from Mohawk's Alumni Association

Seventy-three students starting their first year at Mohawk College this September will each receive a $500 academic merit entrance scholarship from the college’s Alumni Association.

Each scholarship will be named in honour of a Mohawk Alumni of Distinction award recipient. Established in 1996, the Alumni of Distinction Awards celebrate the career achievements and community contributions of outstanding Mohawk College alumni. Recipients include Brian Mullan, Connie Smith, Matt Hayes, Dominic Agostino, Don MacVicar, Marni Flaherty, Gord Lewis and Sarah Moir, who also received a 2010 Ontario Premier’s Award for College Graduates.

The $36,500 in entrance scholarships will be announced during the 14th annual Mohawk Alumni of Distinction Awards Dinner on Jan. 20 at the Michelangelo Event Venue & Conference Centre.

“This year, we’re celebrating the achievements of seven outstanding alumni and investing in the promise and potential of 73 incoming students,” says Diana Zanin, Chair of the Mohawk College Alumni Association Council, a 2004 recipient of a Mohawk Alumni of Distinction Award and 1980 Business Administration graduate.

Mohawk’s 2010 Alumni of Distinction inductees are Linda Marshall, Nancy Hemrica, Jim Tatti,  Kelly Ann Pauly, Pamela Gutter, Michael Le Page and Brandy Gowling.  Bill Kelly, a 2009 Mohawk Alumni of Distinction Award recipient and host of the Bill Kelly Show on AM 900 CHML, will serve as master of ceremonies.

Each year, more than $1 million in merit scholarships and financial need bursaries are awarded to over a 1,000 Mohawk students. The Mohawk College Alumni Association, together with the Alumni Council, students and volunteers, organize special events and offer affinity benefits programs to more than 85,000 Mohawk College alumni.

Mohawk College provides hands-on and real-world training to more than 15,000 full-time and apprenticeship students and 42,000 continuing education registrants annually.  A leader in health and technology education and Ontario’s largest trainer of apprentices, Mohawk is currently undertaking the biggest campus renewal project in its history.