London Student Awarded Board of Governors' Scholarship from Trent University
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Stephen Benaway Accepts $18,000 Scholarship to Attend Ontario University
Friday, May 26, 2006, Peterborough, Ontario
A.B. Lucas Secondary School student Stephen Benaway has accepted the Board of Governors' Leadership Scholarship to attend Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario in the upcoming academic year.
The Board of Governors' Leadership Scholarship, valued at $18,000 over four years, is one of Trent University's most prestigious scholarships. It is awarded to a student entering their first year of study at Trent, who has a high academic standing and has shown outstanding leadership and involvement in his/her community.
"We are so pleased that Stephen will be joining us at Trent in September," said Joyce Sutton, Assistant Registrar at Trent. "He is a remarkable student and person and he will be a great asset to the Trent community."
In addition to an impressive academic average in the nineties, Mr. Benaway is a true leader in his community. In his Grade 11 year, he designed and administered an anti-bullying survey to entering Grade 9 classes, the results of which were used to help guide administration's focus for the school year. He also advocated for and eventually created a gay and lesbian support group. For his contributions to school climate, Mr. Benaway was presented with the Violence Prevention Award from A.B. Lucas Secondary School in his Grade 12 year.
Outside of school, Mr. Benaway is dedicated to community service and support. He has taught math and English to non-verbal special needs adults and to adult native learners. His native heritage has also inspired him to work at Native cultural centres. In 2005 Mr. Benaway started his own business, counselling victims of sexual abuse, rape, bullying, and other traumatic events.
"Early in life, I learned that we create our own reality," wrote Mr. Benaway in his scholarship application. "I have faced more in my 18 years than most people will do in 100. However, I can honestly say that I am grateful for my experience. My gratitude has shaped me to have the professional and academic goals of learning better ways to share my story, because I believe the greatest gift I have to offer is myself."
For more information, please contact:
Joyce Sutton, Assistant Registrar, Trent University, (705) 748-1011 x5048; or