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Actions speak louder than words

June 27, 2011

Actions speak louder than words
JD Hartnagle (centre), with donors to the First National Champions Scholarship, John Humphrey (left) and Bob Pearson.

JD Hartnagle believes that actions speak louder than words. Although he had the opportunity to thank donors in person, he feels that the best way to show his appreciation is by succeeding in his studies and working towards his future goals.

JD is the inaugural recipient of the $1,000 First National Champions Scholarship. For the last three years he has been involved in intramural basketball and baseball as well as playing tight end/slot back for the Western Mustangs Football Team. JD has not only excelled in his athletic accomplishments but has also maintained a high academic standing while participating in his faculty’s cooperative education program.

“Studying at Western has given me access to a combination of great academics and athletics,” says JD, who plans on graduating in 2013 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. “I’m currently enrolled in a 16-month internship at Schaeffler Canada in Stratford where I am a Process Engineer in the Wheel Bearing division. This will give me insight about what I want to do in the future as it is essentially the same work I will be doing when I graduate.”

With tuition costs and living expenses on the rise, JD believes that student awards help alleviate some of the financial pressures that may hinder some students from pursuing their career ambitions. “The scholarship I received has allowed me to pay for all kinds of things from textbooks to living expenses, which otherwise would have to be paid for with help from parents or loans,” notes JD, whose family is from Acton, Ontario.

The First National Champions Scholarship was established through Foundation Western, by alumni from the 1959 Western Mustangs Football Team. It is awarded to a fulltime undergraduate or graduate student in any year of any degree program at Western, including the affiliated university colleges, who is making a significant contribution as a member of the Mustangs Football Team. The recipient is selected based on academic and athletic performance and potential, as well as team and campus leadership.

JD is proud to be part of the Western community that generously support one another and willingly offer assistance to those in need.

“The name speaks for itself. A Western degree connects me with a strong network of alumni who will no doubt help my career in the future.”

This article appeared in the 2011 edition of Student Awards Recipient Report
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