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NEADS and MuchMoreMusic Launch "AccessAbility Scholarship"

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Visit: www.muchmoremusic.com/scholarship

(OTTAWA - September 1, 2005) - The National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) and MuchMoreMusic have partnered to launch the first annual MuchMoreMusic AccessAbility Scholarship.

The scholarship will award $3,000 (CDN) to an applicant with a permanent disability who best demonstrates skill, talent, excellence and enthusiasm in pursuing a future in the broadcast industry. This initiative builds on parent-company CHUM Television's commitment to encouraging participation of persons with disabilities in Canadian broadcasting.

"The AccessAbility scholarship continues our investment in talent development and diversity in our industry," said Sarah Crawford, VP Public Affairs, CHUM Limited. "We're delighted to be working with NEADS to encourage people with disabilities to pursue careers in broadcasting."

NEADS is a national charitable organization that advocates for full access to post-secondary education across Canada for students with disabilities. The association also works to provide support to college and university graduates with disabilities during their transition from school to the employment market.

"People with disabilities are underrepresented in media studies, so NEADS is excited to be collaborating with MuchMoreMusic on this well-needed national scholarship," said Rachael Ross, President of NEADS. "We support any initiative that works toward achieving full inclusion and accurate portrayals of people with disabilities in our society."

Online, candidates can visit www.muchmoremusic.com/scholarship to download an application form and learn more about the scholarship.

Applications will be processed by NEADS and the best 10 forwarded to MuchMoreMusic for final selection. The submission deadline is Tuesday, November 1st @ 5pm ET.

**MuchMoreMusic AccessAbility Scholarship Fast Facts --

  • "AccessAbility" is a positive and empowering term promoting full access to persons with disabilities in all areas of society.
  • Scholarship funds will go toward tuition; payable directly to the winning recipient's educational institution of choice.
  • According to NEADS, about 10 per cent of students enrolled in post-secondary education have visible or invisible disabilities.

Contact:

Frank Smith
National Coordinator, NEADS
(613) 526-8008
info@neads.ca

Graham Machacek
MuchMoreMusic
(416) 591-7400 x2593
graham@chumtv.com


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