Montreal, August 31, 2011
Imani Bernard-Guerra, a recent graduate of Westmount High School in Westmount, and David Le-Goff, a recent graduate of Lauren Hill Academy in Montreal, have been chosen as two of 41 winners of the George D. Smith Scholarship, an annual award presented by The UPS Foundation, the charitable arm of UPS. The scholarships are awarded to children of full-time and part-time UPS employees.
George D. Smith scholarships range in value from US$500 to $2,000 for each year of study. Winners are determined through a nationwide competition conducted by Scholarship America (SA), an independent organization.
"A college or university education can open up many opportunities and is the first of many steps toward a successful future," said Ken Sternad, president of The UPS Foundation. "We are proud to support the children of UPS employees as they work toward achieving higher education."
Imani, 17, is the daughter of Garvin Guerra and will attend Vanier College in Montreal in the fall. Garvin is employed as an operations management specialist at UPS. David, 17, is the son of William Le-Goff and will also attend Vanier College in Montreal in the fall. illiam is employed as a package car driver at UPS's Montreal distribution centre.
Imani was an honour roll student and third place winner of the McIntyre creative writing competition in grade 12. She achieved distinction status in grades 10 and 11 and managed the school's girls badminton team. She is also committed to volunteering within her community by refereeing local badminton and basketball games.
The scholarship certificate was awarded to Imani by David Thomas, Quebec Division Manager in a ceremony at the Lachine centre in Quebec on August 3.
David has excelled as an honour roll student and an active sportsman. He played on the school soccer, volleyball, badminton and tennis teams and was a top scorer in the Montreal Metropolitan Hockey League, being invited to play in the all-star game. David has previous volunteer experience with the United Church of Canada and an annual run called Halo Race held on Mount Royal.
Established in 1983, the George D. Smith Scholarship is named for the former UPS chief executive who succeeded Jim Casey, the company's founder. Since its inception, 1,049 George D. Smith Scholarships have been awarded, totaling more than US$2.5 million.