Vanier College graduate Ruth St-Cyr was honoured by being awarded a national scholarship from a slate of 300 prospective young women.

PRESS RELEASE: "Outstanding young women" receive memorial scholarships for their commitment to sport, community and ideals.

Ottawa, ON . . . Five talented young women have been named recipients of the 2002 Stacey Levitt Women and Sport Scholarship, announced by the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity. (CAAWS)

A native of Deux-Montagnes, Quebec, Ruth St-Cyr recently graduated from Vanier College in the three-year program of Building Systems Engineering Technology. One of the top students academically, Ruth was also involved in a variety of extra-curricular activities. She helped to re-establish the women's rugby team back into the league at Vanier College, and she was a rugby player, and a team manager for the rugby and touch football teams. Last season, Ruth represented the Boisbriand-Junior B hockey team and was named "Best Offensive Player" in spite of an ankle injury, which almost jeopardized her season. This fall, Ruth will be entering Montréal's Concordia University in Exercise Science (Specialization), which is a newly discovered passion for her. She plans to stay active with the varsity hockey and rugby teams. She hopes to use her talent, devotion, and determination to both improve her skills and to become the best athlete that she can be.

The $2,500 gift is awarded each year in memory of Stacey Levitt by the Levitt family. A superior athlete and a top student, Stacey Levitt was a very special young woman who was hit by a car and killed while jogging in 1995. Loved by all who knew her, Stacey participated in many sports for the sheer joy of the camaraderie, the competition and the teamwork. Always looking for ways to fill her life with joy and meaning, she gave her very best in every aspect of her too-short life.

The award is given each year to a young woman, a girls' team or a sport organization that exemplifies Stacey's ideals and qualities. This year the award is divided equally among five recipients.

Stacey's parents, Cheryl and Ned Levitt of Toronto, selected this year's recipients from among 300 applicants.

We wish to offer our congratulations to Ruth from all of us here at Vanier College.