Montreal, Quebec – A Montreal student has won the 2011 Toyota Earth Day Scholarship National Award, the first time a Quebec student has won the top environmental prize.

Jessica Magonet was presented with a $5,000 scholarship, a Panasonic notebook computer and glass sculpture.

Magonet was one of hundreds of Canadian students who applied for the environmental scholarship, and one of just 20 regional winners. A student at Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf, she was named the national winner for her outstanding achievements and contributions to environmental community service, academics and extracurricular participation. She co-developed a five-year action plan to reduce her school’s ecological footprint, founded the school’s environmental club, and led many successful projects, including installment of a student-managed composting system, a centre for recycling environmentally harmful objects, and a two-day conference for Quebec and Ontario students to discuss the link between environmental degradation and world poverty.

The Toyota Earth Day Scholarship Program was established by Earth Day Canada, with financial support from the Toyota Canada Foundation, to reward and encourage environmental commitment and action among students. Now in its ninth year, it has awarded $700,000 to 140 students.

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