André Laplante Memorial Scholarship Announcement

André Laplante was internationally renowned as an educator in mineral processing and for his expertise in the area of gravity gold recovery. He is also credited for developing and popularizing the ‘gravity recoverable gold’ (GRG) test, which is now widely accepted as an industry standard procedure. He made numerous positive contributions to the advancement of the Canadian mineral processing industry, especially in the areas of sampling, testing, teaching, research and development. He was considered a pioneer in developing and creating the industry’s standard characterization methods. He authored and co-authored numerous technical papers and was a widely sought after speaker. He traveled extensively to participate in gravity conferences and seminars and through his tireless efforts he helped bringing gravity concentration back into the mainstream of gold processing.

As a tribute for Laplante ’s significant contributions to mineral processing and education a $5,000 Annual Scholarship has been established in his name for undergraduate students enrolled in a mineral processing related program at a Canadian university or college. The André Laplante Memorial Scholarship will be coordinated by the Canadian Mineral Processors (CMP) and administered through the Canadian Mining and Metallurgical Foundation (CIM CMMF). For regular updates on the Scholarship Fund, please bookmark and visit this web page regularly.

Scholarship Criteria

  • The Applicant must be a full-time student in a Canadian mineral processing or related program at the undergraduate level (college or university), having completed the first year of academic studies;
  • CIM student membership is not required but CIM members may be given preference over non-members.
  • Preference will be given to Canadian Citizens; however, International students attending a recognized Canadian educational institution are welcomed to apply.

Application Process

The applicant is requested to submit the following documentation to the CMP Scholarship Committee:

  1. Student Statement Letter
    Prepare a maximum 300 word statement explaining:

    • Applicant’s career objectives in mineral processing
    • Applicant’s educational objectives
    • How this scholarship would help the applicant attain the above objectives
    • Why the applicant wants to work in the mineral processing field.
  2. Student Resume
    Indicate internships, work and/or co-op experience, academic courses and projects related to the applicant’s intended area of study in college or university.  Extracurricular activities should be highlighted as an important aspect of the application.
  3. Official transcript
    Request and submit one original transcript from the applicant’s school(s).
  4. Two Recommendation Letters
    All Applicants must submit two letters of recommendation. The letters can be from faculty, employers, teachers, coaches, etc. with at least one written by a faculty member acquainted with the applicant’s academic performance.  All letters of recommendation must be included in the application package.

Application Deadline

The Scholarship Review Committee will evaluate applications during the first half of the year. Each applicant will be notified of the final decision by December 15.   Scholarship funds will be presented to the successful recipient at the National Canadian Mineral Processor’s Conference in Ottawa.

A complete scholarship application package must be received by November 1. Please send the application package to:

CMP Scholarship Committee
Rory Cameron NRCAN / CanmetMINING
555 Booth Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0G1
TEL: (613) 947-6604