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|Status:||Entering 1st Year|
|Application Form:||Application Form|
|Occasion:||High School Graduation (June)|
|Description:||Awarded to an Aboriginal student entering UPEI in full-time undergraduate studies who is positively and actively involved in their community, and who has a high school academic record that reflects his/her perseverance in studies.|
|Background:||The J. Elmer & Elise Hynes Aboriginal Student Achievement Award was established by Elise Hynes in memory of her late husband to recognize his deep commitment to the advancement of Aboriginal people and to recognize those University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) students who distinguish themselves through leadership, perseverance and academic accomplishment. Elmer Hynes was a native of Prince Edward Island whose varied career and interests included direct work with and on behalf of Aboriginal people in Canada. He passionately believed in education as a means of facilitating the full participation of Aboriginal people in Canadian society. He died suddenly in 2005 at his home in Ottawa. Elise Hynes, who came to Canada at a young age, wished to give back to this country and particularly to its more disadvantaged population a part of what she herself had received. Her career and life experiences served to deepen her belief in education as a powerful means of development within Canadian society. In 2005, Ms. Hynes developed a five year pilot project that offered undergraduate/ graduate support and in 2011 generously decided to renew, enhance and expand her support of Aboriginal students at UPEI.|
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