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J. Elmer & Elise Hynes Aboriginal Student Achievement Award
|Application Form:||Application Form|
|Occasion:||Fall Bursary (Financial Need)|
|Description:||Awarded to a first year or returning Aboriginal student in full-time undergraduate studies who is positively and actively involved with Aboriginal students on campus and/or in the community, has a good academic record that reflects perseverance in their studies and demonstrated leadership qualities. Candidates will submit a one page essay on how they meet the criteria, a resume and one letter of reference to the Scholarship and Awards Office.|
|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.|