June 2, 2003

Toyota Earth Day Scholarship awarded in Atlantic Canada

Halifax – Toyota Canada awarded a $5,000 Toyota Earth Day Scholarship to James Beaton-Johnson, on Friday in Halifax. The scholarship program celebrates and rewards environmentally-minded students in Canada.

James Beaton-Johnson is among an elite group of 10 Canadian students entering post-secondary studies who are being recognized for outstanding achievements in environmental community service, academics and extracurricular participation. “These talented and distinguished young Canadians have demonstrated their passion for the environment in extraordinary commitment and accomplishments,” says Jed Goldberg, President of Earth Day Canada.

James Beaton-Johnson was presented with a ceremonial cheque and scholarship certificate at an awards event that took place at J. L. Ilsley High School. He was honoured by guests including his family and peers, school faculty and staff, and representatives
from Toyota Canada, municipal government and the local school board.

The Toyota Earth Day Scholarship Program was established to celebrate and encourage environmental commitment among students. It is an entrance scholarship offered to students attending a Canadian university or college or Québec junior college in any chosen field of study – because, as Kenji Tomikawa, President and CEO, Toyota Canada Inc., says, “Future environmental leaders will come from a broad range of academic backgrounds.”

Competition for the first year of the Toyota Earth Day Scholarship was intense. Over 400 applicants took the challenge. Candidates faced a 15-page application form requiring biographical information; grade transcripts; two letters of reference; detailed descriptions of their environmental community service experience and extracurricular participation; and completion of three
essay-format questions.

Applications were initially screened by the Scholarship Review Committee to determine the 10 finalists for each of five regions: Atlantic, Québec, Ontario, Western, and Pacific. Distinguished regional judges – representing environmental and community organizations, education, government and business – assessed each regional finalist using a rigorous 100-point scoring system.
Candidate names, place of residence and gender references were concealed to ensure fairness and equity of judging. The judging process resulted in two clear winners of the $ 5,000 scholarship from each region.

The 10 regional winners now become part of the judging for the national Outstanding Environmental Achievement Award, to be presented June 4, 2003, in Toronto.

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