February 18, 2003

Earth Day Canada and Toyota Canada launch scholarship program

Toronto, Ontario – Earth Day Canada and Toyota Canada have announced a new scholarship program that rewards environmentally-minded students.

The Toyota Earth Day Scholarship Program is being offered to students entering their first year
of post-secondary studies in any chosen discipline – the Scholarship Program consists of 10 awards of $5,000 each, to be applied directly towards tuition, books, room and board (where
applicable), or other educational expenses in the first year of post-secondary full-time studies in Canada.

Panels of community, business and environmental leaders will select two winners who best meet the selection criteria in each of five geographic regions: Atlantic Canada, Quebec, Ontario, Western Canada/Northwest Territories/Nunavut, and British Columbia/Yukon.

A national winner – selected from the 10 regional winners – will be awarded an additional Outstanding Environmental Achievement Award of a Panasonic CF50 Toughbook notebook computer at the National Award Ceremony in Toronto.

“This new scholarship will provide opportunities for young Canadians with a passion for the environment to further their education,” said Earth Day Canada president Jed Goldberg. “Our environmental challenges need to be addressed by all sectors of society. We are hopeful that the Toyota Earth Day Scholarship will help develop the next great environmental journalist,
scientist, designer or lawyer.”

Earth Day Canada coordinates the annual celebration of Earth Day across Canada. As a not-for-profit, environmental education and communications organization, the charity develops and provides award-winning programs and resources to help Canadians improve the environment in their communities.

Earth Day Canada’s mission is to improve the state of the environment by empowering and helping Canadians to take positive environmental action. This is achieved by welcoming Canadians from all walks of life into a process of lifestyle change.

The annual celebration of Earth Day is often the first introduction that many Canadians have to environmental solutions in their community. Earth Day is now celebrated by more than 500 million people in over 180 countries, including over 6 million Canadians in every community from coast-to-coast-to-coast. Young Canadians form the largest segment of enthusiastic Earth Day participants.

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