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National Bank awards bursaries and summer jobs to students with physical or sensory disabilities

Montreal, 14 May 2004 -

As part of the 15th edition of its Bursaries and Summer Employment Program for Students with Physical and Sensory Disabilities, National Bank is pleased to announce the names of the three students chosen to receive a bursary and work at the Bank this summer.

Laurent Morissette, a student in administrative data processing at Collège Rosemont in Montreal, is the winner of a $1,000 bursary and a 10-week posting to the Bank's Shared Services Centre. Laurent will work on various information technology projects, allowing him to gain valuable work experience in his field of study.

Kristina Kolley, who just earned a Bachelor's degree in languages and linguistics from Queen's University in Kingston, is the recipient of a $2,000 bursary and a 12-week posting to the Bank's Assistance Centre in Toronto.  Kristina, who intends to pursue post-graduate studies, will have an opportunity to put her translation skills to work.

Danick Lepage, who is working towards a Bachelor's degree in communications at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, also received a $2,000 bursary.  Danick will be given a 12-week posting in customer service at the Bank's branch in Trois-Rivières Ouest.

National Bank has adapted its premises in order to welcome these three students and facilitate their work within each team. The winners were chosen by a committee comprised of a senior Bank executive, community and academic leaders, and a physician. Applicants were judged on the basis of their work experience, social and community involvement and academic excellence.

About National Bank

National Bank of Canada is an integrated group which provides comprehensive financial services to consumers, small and medium-sized enterprises and large corporations in its core market, while offering specialized services to its customers elsewhere in the world. National Bank offers a full array of banking services, including corporate and investment banking. It is an active player on international capital markets and, through its subsidiaries, is involved in securities brokerage, insurance and wealth management, as well as mutual fund and retirement plan management. National Bank has close to $81 billion in assets and, together with its subsidiaries, employs nearly 17,000 people. The Bank's securities are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (NA: TSX). For more information, visit the Bank's website at www.nbc.ca.

Information (the telephone number and e-mail address provided below are for the exclusive use of journalists and other media representatives):

Denis Dubé
Director – Public Relations
National Bank of Canada
Tel.: (514) 394-8644