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Two local students, both from Calgary have been selected by Blyth Scholars and the Cambridge Commonwealth, European and International Trust to attend university at Cambridge.   These scholarships are worth approximately $250,000 each over three years.

The new winners of the Blyth Cambridge Commonwealth Trust 2015 scholarships, Noel Loo (Western Canada High School) and Genevieve Kilburn Smith (Bishop Grandin High School) were just informed they had been awarded the most valuable scholarship available to Canadian HS students. They were both naturally delighted to hear the news.

  • Mr Loo will be studying Engineering, Christ’s College, University of Cambridge, whilst Ms Kilburn Smith will be attending Pembroke College, University of Cambridge to study Theology and Religious Studies.

In the fall of 2015, the scholarship committee reviewed all applications and invited shortlisted candidates to Toronto for interviews that were conducted by Canadian alumni of the University and Cambridge admission heads. The scholarship recipients were selected based on his or her outstanding academic achievement, superior intellectual ability, and community involvement, in addition to financial need.

The chair of Blyth Scholars, Sam Blyth, is a graduate of the University and has been supporting Canadians at Cambridge for more than ten years. He said: “I am delighted to support undergraduate scholars from Canada attending Cambridge. I had the advantage of a Cambridge education as a young Canadian. These awards are an expression of gratitude, as well as a gift to Canadian scholars who should excel at the University.”

About the Trust

The Blyth Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Scholarships are among the most valuable awards available in Canada for students wishing to pursue an undergraduate degree. Tenable at any University of Cambridge undergraduate college the scholarships provide full funding for tuition fees, maintenance, and travel between Canada and Cambridge for three years. The approximate value of each scholarship is $250,000 over three years.

The scholarships are jointly funded by Blyth Scholars and the Cambridge Commonwealth, European, and International Trust.

About The University of Cambridge

The University of Cambridge is one of the leading academic institutions in the world. Affiliates of the University have won more Nobel Prizes than any other institution in the world. The Cambridge Commonwealth Trust was founded in 1982 by the University to support international students from Commonwealth countries, and was subsequently merged with the Cambridge Overseas Trusts to create the Cambridge Commonwealth, European, and International Trust.

For more information or to arrange an interview please contact Cidalia Gardner at Blyth Academy at 416-960-3552 x22 or on

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