Comox grad earns prestigious Alberta scholarship

Oliver Simmonds, a graduate of Highland Secondary School, has been awarded one of the University of Alberta's top scholarships.

Highland Secondary School grad Oliver Simmonds has earned a prestigious University of Alberta scholarship.

Highland Secondary School grad Oliver Simmonds has earned a prestigious University of Alberta scholarship.

Oliver Simmonds, a graduate of Highland Secondary School, has been awarded one of the University of Alberta’s top scholarships.

Simmonds has earned a Chancellor’s Entrance Citation Scholarship, worth $15,000 over four years. He will use his scholarship to study in the U of A’s Faculty of Engineering.

Simmonds’ award is one of many prestigious scholarships offered through the U of A’s scholarship program. The Chancellor’s Entrance Citation Scholarship is offered to outstanding students who have a minimum average of 95 per cent throughout high school and are beginning their first undergraduate degrees at the U of A.

Senior administrators at high schools and post-secondary institutions across Canada nominate students with distinguished academic and personal achievements for this award. As part of the application process, students must also write a personal essay and provide an academic reference.

The Scholastic Distinction Program has offered 76 awards with a total value of $950,000 to outstanding prospective U of A students this year. This program complements a broad scholarship package valued at more than $25 million annually.

Simmonds and other top students, professors and staff were honoured recently at the annual University of Alberta Celebrate! Teaching, Learning, Research event held at the Myer Horowitz Theatre on campus.

The University of Alberta in Edmonton is one of the top 100 public teaching and research universities in the world serving some 37,000 students with more than 14,000 faculty and staff.

Founded more than a century ago upon the promise of its founding president that knowledge shall be for “the uplifting of the whole people,” the university offers close to 400 undergraduate and graduate programs in 18 faculties and professional schools and attracts nearly $500-million in external research funding annually.

— University of Alberta

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