Toronto, Ontario – Toyota Canada has presented its 2009 Toyota Earth Day Scholarship national award to Adil Adatia, a student from Lethbridge, Alberta, at its headquarters in Toronto.

Earth Day Canada president Jed Goldberg and Toyota Canada president Yoichi Tomihara recognized Adatia’s outstanding achievements in environmental community service, academics and extracurricular participation. To date, $500,000 has been awarded to 100 young Canadians through the program.

“Adil is a perfect example of a student who aspires to better their environment and make lasting impacts in their community,” Goldberg said. “He has truly stepped forward as an environmental leader and is most deserving of this honour.”

Adatia was selected from a finalist group of 15 students who received regional scholarships when they were selected from a pool of hundreds of applicants across Canada. The 17-year-old student is highly involved in scientific research and discovery, is the Youth Coordinator of the Southern Alberta Community for Environmental Education, and is the founder of his school’s Environmental Club.

In addition to the $5,000 award he received as a regional scholarship finalist, Adatia was also presented with a Panasonic notebook computer.

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