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October 12, 2010
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New $5,000 annual scholarship established to honour Joseph Spriet

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A new $5,000 annual scholarship will help Island students while recognizing the contributions of 2009 Canada Games organizer Joseph Spriet, says Premier Robert Ghiz.

“Joe Spriet played a big role in planning these games and in assembling the team of volunteers and sponsors who made the 2009 Canada Summer games such a success,” the premier said. “These games were a great opportunity for young Islanders and it is fitting to mark Joe’s contribution with a scholarship to help Islanders pursue post-secondary education.”

The Government of Prince Edward Island and the Community Foundation of Prince Edward Island took first official steps to establish the Joseph Spriet Scholarship Fund September 24.

The $5,000 annual scholarship was established to honour the community volunteer and organizer of the 2009 Canada Games on Prince Edward Island.

The first such scholarship will be awarded in the fall of 2010. The scholarship will be given annually to a Prince Edward Island resident who is enrolled in full-time, post-secondary studies in Human Services, Business, Sports or Agriculture.

The government of Prince Edward Island established the scholarship with a $50,000 donation and will make annual donations of $25,000 until 2014 when an endowment of $125,000 will be in place to fund the scholarship in perpetuity.

The Community Foundation of Prince Edward Island is a registered charity that invests and administers charitable gifts on behalf of a range of public and private donors.

Media Contact: Ron Ryder
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