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Canon U.S.A., Canon Virginia and Christopher Newport University Introduce the 2009-2010 Class of Canon Leadership Scholars


LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., AND NEWPORT NEWS , VA., October 27, 2009 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., Canon Virginia, Inc. (CVI) and Christopher Newport University (CNU) are proud to introduce the 24 members of the 2009-2010 Class of Canon Leadership Scholars at a ceremony at CNU on Tuesday, October 27th at 4 p.m.

This year's class of Canon Scholars has a high-school grade-point average of 4.1 and an average SAT score (combined verbal and math) of 1369. In addition, these students have also demonstrated excellence and exceptional potential in the areas of leadership, service and citizenship. Demonstrating their commitment to higher education and the development of the business leaders of tomorrow, Canon U.S.A., CVI and CNU announced the formation of the Canon Leadership Scholars Program in October 2007.

"Leaders are defined by their ability to make a positive impact on the world and their local communities," said Joe Adachi, president and chief executive officer, Canon U.S.A. "The Christopher Newport University - Canon Leadership Scholars Program is continuing to provide the leaders of tomorrow with the knowledge and skills they need to fulfill their leadership potential and one day become top decision makers in America."

"The Canon Leadership Scholars Program is an example of Canon's commitment to encourage the young people of today to assume important leadership roles tomorrow," said Takayoshi Hanagata, president and chief executive officer, CVI. "It is critical that the business community take an active role in educating, training and developing future generations to assume important roles in guiding our institutions, our government and our community organizations in the years ahead. Canon is proud to partner with Christopher Newport University in this important mission that impacts the future of us all."

Each Canon Leadership Scholar receives a $5,000 merit scholarship for four years, for a total of $20,000. Through leadership studies, prominent guest speakers, study abroad opportunities, an outdoor leadership program, internships and a public service requirement of at least 100 hours, Canon U.S.A., CVI and CNU will give the students the tools and experiences needed to become leaders of the highest-caliber.

"We are very grateful for the strong and generous support of Canon U.S.A. and Canon Virginia. Working together, our purpose is to prepare these outstanding students to become knowledgeable and effective leaders in America and the world," noted CNU President Paul Trible.

The 2009 – 2010 Class of Canon Leadership Scholars include:

Name City, State
Jennifer Asselin Burlington, N.J.
Taylor Ballenger Toledo, Ohio
Greg Basch Charlotte, N.C.
Victoria Baughan Hot Springs, Va.
Virginia Blanton Midlothian, Va.
Christiana Booher Annandale, Va.
Claire Brantley Fairfax, Va.
Amy Craven Greensboro, N.C.
Jessica Farrow Fredericksburg, Va.
Stephanie Green Pasadena, Md.
Katrina Hallwerck Fairfax, Va.
Kalee Hammerton Royersford, Pa.
Erik Hancock Charlottesville, Va.
Brian Huffman Charlottesville, Va.
Jessica Johnson Midlothian, Va.
Sara LaFrance Sterling, Va.
Jess McCormac Charlotte, N.C.
Victoria Miller Fort Washington, Pa.
Shelton Nalley Greensboro, N.C.
Katie Schumacher Easton, Md.
Tierney Stark Manassas, Va.
Megan Talley Springfield, Va.
Francis Wilson Woodbridge, Va.
Michael Zimmerman Durham, N.C.

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.

Canon U.S.A., Inc. is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions. Its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), a top patent holder of technology, ranked third overall in the U.S. in 2008†, with global revenues of US $45 billion, is listed as number four in the computer industry on Fortune Magazine's World's Most Admired Companies 2009 list, and is on the 2009 BusinessWeek list of "100 Best Global Brands." Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest levels of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. At Canon, we care because caring is essential to living together in harmony. Founded upon a corporate philosophy of Kyosei – "all people, regardless of race, religion or culture, harmoniously living and working together into the future" – Canon U.S.A. supports a number of social, youth, educational and other programs, including environmental and recycling initiatives. Additional information about these programs can be found at www.usa.canon.com/kyosei. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company's RSS news feed by visiting www.usa.canon.com/rss.

About Canon Virginia, Inc.

Located in Newport News, Virginia, Canon Virginia, Inc. (CVI), serves as the lead manufacturing support center for Canon U.S.A. CVI uses world-renowned production systems and extensive technical and manufacturing expertise to offer manufacturing solutions, including injection mold tools, metal and plastic parts, product manufacturing and reverse manufacturing. From concept to completion, from innovation to delivery, CVI ensures the reliability of world-class quality and efficiency representative of the Canon name. For more information, call (757) 881-6300 or visit www.cvi.canon.com.

About Christopher Newport University

A four-year public university in Newport News, Virginia, Christopher Newport University enrolls 5,000 students in rigorous academic programs through the College of Arts and Humanities, the College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences, and the College of Social Sciences including the Luter School of Business. CNU offers great teaching and small classes as well as an emphasis on leadership, civic engagement and honor. For more information about CNU and its programs, please visit www.cnu.edu.

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† Based on weekly patent counts issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office