Christmas Comes Early for Local Family: Hammarskjold student wins first year tuition prize from Lakehead U

(December 17, 2009 – Thunder Bay, ON) Daniel Carlson is one lucky guy!  Among more than 600 students from Thunder Bay and surrounding areas, Daniel, a Grade 12 student from Hammarskjold High School, won the “First Year Tuition Prize” compliments of Lakehead University’s Office of Student Affairs at the institution’s recent Fall Preview Day event.  The annual event is coordinated by the Office of Admissions and Recruitment, with participation from various University faculties, departments, student groups, and student volunteers.   

Daniel Carlson with Dr. Laurie Hayes, Vice-President (Academic) & Provost

“Lakehead is a very generous institution when it comes to providing financial support to its students,” says Vice-Provost (Student Affairs) Marian Ryks-Szelekovszky.  “We understand the financial concerns that go hand-in-hand with paying for post-secondary education and we value the opportunity to alleviate some of these concerns.” She adds that offering the First Year Tuition Prize at the annual Fall Preview Day is an excellent way to reward one lucky prospective student for getting more involved in the process of choosing a program and applying to university. 

Daniel has been intent on attending Lakehead for some time.  He chose Lakehead because he can stay in Thunder Bay with his family and friends, and because it offers the programs he’s interested in taking.  “I’m pumped,” Carlson says.  “Lakehead is a great school and I’m already looking forward to next fall.”

“We have twin sons,” explains Lyal Carlson, Daniel’s father.  “Affording tuition for kids can always be difficult to plan for, but with Daniel and his brother Steve, we are faced with twice the tuition at one time.”  Needless to say, Daniel’s parents feel like Christmas has come early to their household and they can’t thank University officials enough for this very generous gift.  “Just the other day, Lyal and I were talking about how we’re going to manage tuition for both of our boys,” adds Daniel’s mother, Lorraine Campbell.  “Then, lo and behold, we came home from work to find a gigantic cheque from Lakehead on our kitchen table, and it had Daniel’s name on it!  This will definitely make life a little easier next year.” 

With his first year of tuition taken care of, Daniel doesn’t have to worry so much about working a part-time job to help his parents offset education costs.  “I really want to thank all the Lakehead employees who had a hand in contributing to this prize,” Daniel says.  “It’s awesome, but I’m still trying to process the fact that I won it.” 
Prospective university students can learn more about Lakehead and its program offerings at

Media: Daniel Carlson is available for media interview from 11:00 a.m. – 12 noon at Hammarskjold High School, and after 4:00 p.m. at his home.  He can be reached directly at
807-621-6482 (cell) or 807-768-1512 (home).  Marian Ryks-Szelekovszky is also available from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  For more information or to arrange interview times with Marian, please contact Communications Officer Heather Scott at 807-343-8177,; or Director of Communications Eleanor Abaya at 807-343-8372 or

About Lakehead
Lakehead is a comprehensive university with a reputation for innovative programs and cutting-edge research. With a main campus located in Thunder Bay, Ontario and a campus in Orillia, Ontario, Lakehead has over 7,700 students and 2,250 faculty and staff, and is home to the west campus of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. In 2006, Research Infosource Inc. named Lakehead University Canada's Research University of the Year in the undergraduate category. For more information on Lakehead University, visit

Last updated December 17, 2009

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