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Dr. Regis Duffy Academic Achievement Award
Maximum Amount: $1,000.00
Other Post Grad
Application Form: Application Form
Deadline: 01-Apr
Process: Any member of the university community may submit a recommendation letter in support of a student to Scholarships Office by posted deadline.
Description: Awarded to a graduating student who has demonstrated to an outstanding degree the qualities of scholarship and leadership within the University community, and who is not receiving a Governor General's Medal. Cash prize and medallion.
Background: This award was created in honour of Dr. J. Regis Duffy. Regis Duffy's roots run deep in the Island's soil. He was born and raised on Earl and Annie Duffy's farm in Kinkora, the eldest in a family of 12. After graduating from the local high school, he attended St. Dunstan's University, one of UPEI's predecessor institutions, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1953. His distinguished career as a scientist began in 1962 when he graduated with a PhD in Chemistry from Fordham University an d took charge of the fledgling Chemistry department at St. Dunstan's University. He upgraded the laboratories, expanded the curriculum, and introduced summer research programs for undergraduates. In 1969, he went on to become the first Dean of Science at the newly-established University of Prince Edward Island. The following year, he spread his wings beyond the confines of academia out into the burgeoning entrepreneurial field of chemical manufacturing. This led him to establish his first off-campus laboratory to explore research possibilities in the health care field. From humble beginnings, producing one compound for a U.S. customer with $10,000 in sales the first year, Diagnostic Chemicals has grown into a major manufacturer of fine research chemicals, enzymes, and analytical systems for blood analysis that employs more than 250 people. BioVectra DCL, as it is now known, manufactures and markets more than 400 products with annual sales between $35 and $40 million. Dr. Duffy's company has been listed as one of Canada's Top 100 employers for 16 consecutive years. This recognition highlights his lifelong commitment to the well-being of his employees, as well as the health of the PEI economy. Dr. Duffy has supported UPEI in many ways. In addition to philanthropic support, he chaired the UPEI Board of Governors for 10 years, retiring from that position
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