Lachine, August 30, 2011
Lara Hamelin, a recent graduate at John Abbott College in Montreal, has been chosen as one of 131 winners of the James E. Casey Scholarship, an annual award presented by The UPS Foundation, the charitable arm of UPS. The scholarships are awarded to children of UPS employees.
James E. Casey scholarships range from US$8,000 to $24,000 over four years of undergraduate study. Winners are determined through a nationwide competition conducted by Scholarship America (SA), an independent organization.
"Higher education can help create many great opportunities," said Ken Sternad, president of The UPS Foundation. "We are proud that these scholarships will help the children of UPS employees achieve and reach their goals and dreams."
The 19-year-old scholarship winner is the daughter of Hanya Hladky and Michael Hamelin of Montreal and will attend Queens University in the fall. Hanya is employed as a part-time customer service representative at UPS.
Over the years, Lara has received many awards, including a Student Life Award from the debate club, two Gold Medal Science Fair Awards, the Vice-Principal Award from Queen of Angels Academy, the Father Josaphat Jean Foundation Bursary for Academic Achievement and the prestigious Quebec Lieutenant-Governor's Medal for Academic Achievement. Lara performs with a community theatre group, Pegasus Performing Arts, is a camp counselor at Camp DLC, and was an active member of the John Abbott College Student Union. She continually gives back to her community and has volunteered with the intellectually handicapped and for the John Abbott College Spring Fest Committee. She currently volunteers for the Kirkland Day Planning Committee.
Lara was awarded her scholarship certificate by John-Wesley Hay, Customer Service Manager, in a presentation ceremony at the UPS Lachine facility on June 7.
Established in 1964, the James E. Casey Scholarship is named for one of the founders of UPS. The small Seattle, Washington, messenger service he started in 1907 along with several other teenagers has become the world's largest package and express delivery company. More than 3,250 James E. Casey Scholarships have been awarded, totaling more than US$36.6 million, since the inception of the program.
In 1998, UPS opened the program to children of part-time UPS employees. As a result, the company will award 26 scholarships to these students, in addition to the 105 scholarships for children of full-time employees.