Congratulations to the University of Manitoba for doing the right thing. As Geo indicated this is Huge, first since World War Two and an excellent response to GO's dedication to his studies.
Maybe ArmyVern or one of the other mod's can post something on the scholarships details in the next day or so. Who knows it might be a great place to spend a little coin.
Further News Articles:
U of M to award posthumous degree to fallen soldier
Cpl. Jordan Anderson, raised in N.W.T. and was based in Edmonton, was taking BA
The University of Manitoba plans to award a posthumous degree to a soldier for the first time at convocation ceremonies this week, to an Edmonton-based corporal who was killed in Afghanistan in July.
Cpl. Jordan Anderson — a member of the 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry — had been taking his bachelor of arts degree through the university's military support office before he died.
George MacLean, the acting head of the university's political studies department, said Anderson's friends and family members contacted the university and made the case for Anderson.
"He was very close to completing his degree: in fact, he had completed all of his major degree requirements. There were a couple of courses left over that were electives that he hadn't completed," MacLean told CBC News on Monday..............................."
Edit to add from the U of M website: http://myuminfo.umanitoba.ca/index.asp?sec=209&too=100&eve=1000&id=13959
POSTHUMOUS DEGREE TO BE CONFERRED ON FALLEN CANADIAN SOLDIER
Tuesday, October 16, 2007 2:54 PM
Widow and other family members to attend ceremony.
On Thursday, October 18, 2007, the University of Manitoba will award a posthumous degree to a Canadian soldier killed in Afghanistan earlier this year.
Cpl. Jordan Anderson, of the Edmonton-based 3rd Battalion of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, was killed on July 4, 2007 along with five other Canadian soldiers and an Afghan interpreter when their armoured vehicle struck a hidden roadside bomb as they were traveling near Kandahar.
Anderson was a political studies major completing his arts degree through the Canadian Forces Program at the University of Manitoba.
Cpl. Anderson’s wife, Amanda Anderson, will attend the ceremony and will be accepting her late husband’s parchment. Other family members are also expected to be in attendance.
This will be the first posthumous degree conferred posthumously upon a serving member of the military killed in wartime, although there were precedents at other Canadian institutions during the Second World War.
Members of Anderson’s military unit are working to set up at least one scholarship in his name at the University of Manitoba, likely an entrance scholarship in political studies and another for students later in the program.
Media note: Amanda Anderson will give a limited number of interviews to media previous to the ceremony at approximately 2:30 pm, in advance of the procession of graduands. This will occur near the robing area outside the convocation hall. The family will then be afforded private time and media access will be discouraged.
For more information, contact: Dr. George Maclean, political studies, at 204-474-6621