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Celebrating our people and their accomplishments: Vancouver students receive prestigious scholarships

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Summer is a time for students, staff and families to take a break, reflect and recharge after a busy school year. Over the next few weeks, we’re celebrating many outstanding achievements from students and staff throughout the Vancouver School District. From scholarship winners to awards, and recognitions – many have gone above and beyond this past school year! Today we’re highlighting VSB students who received Loran Scholarships, Schulich Leadership Scholarships, Beedie Luminaries Scholarship, and VSB Recognition Scholarships:

Loran Scholarships 

Among 5,000 applicants, two students from the Vancouver School District received a Loran Scholarship this year. The Loran Scholarship Foundation provides secondary students with the opportunity to share their exceptional talents and selects 36 applicants who demonstrate integrity, courage, compassion and grit. 

Prince of Wales graduate, former co-president of her school’s feminism club, and 2022 Loran Scholar recipient Aishwarya Heran has always been passionate about social justice and making a difference. This past spring, Heran helped plan the third annual Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Youth Conference for all secondary students in the District. “I think it is really important to educate our school community about different topics to address key issues that we care about,” says Heran. With her passion for advocacy, Heran is headed to McGill University to study sciences to learn more about the intersections of social justice and health care. 

Alexa Bailey, graduate from Tupper Secondary also demonstrates the values of a Loran Scholar and as such, was also awarded the scholarship. Bailey created a peer mentoring group called ‘Girls to the Power of Math’ to help young girls in elementary school boost their confidence in Math. Bailey started the group in 2019, and since its inception the group expanded to a 10-week program available to students in Vancouver and Whistler. “It is such a great honour to represent Tupper as a Loran Scholar,” says Bailey. “With this program, I just really want to empower young girls so that they feel confident in their Math skills.” Bailey is also headed to McGill University in the fall to study biological engineering. 

Schulich Leader Scholarship

In a pool of over 300,000 candidates, Schulich Leader Scholarships are awarded to 100 entrepreneurial-minded high school graduates who plan to specialize in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Math related program at select universities in Canada. Successful candidates are awarded this scholarship for their academic excellence, leadership, creativity and charisma. 

Sophia Li, graduate from Prince of Wales Secondary demonstrates all aspects of being a Schulich leader and young innovator. Li received a $100,000 scholarship to McGill University to pursue their engineering program this fall. 

As part of next generation of technology and STEM innovation, scholarship program founder Seymour Schulich says, “This year’s group of students will represent the best and brightest that Canada has to offer on both a national and global scale.” 

Beedie Luminaries Scholarship

Education can offer life-changing opportunities, but many students are forced to make the difficult decision not to pursue post-secondary education due to financial barriers. The Beedie Luminaries Scholarship awards resilient students who face financial adversity, and who also have the academic readiness to advance their education, achieve their dreams and inspire others along the way.  

This year, an Adult Education student in the District received a Beedie Luminaries Scholarship for their commitment to advancing their academics and supporting others in the community. When Manar Alahmad Almahmoud first moved to Canada in 2016, she took a variety of courses with Adult Education to improve her skills in English, Math and Social Studies. Almahmoud also played an active role in her community by volunteering at local organizations such as KidSafe BC. Now a graduate from the District's South Hill Education Centre, Almahmoud is headed to Langara College in the fall to study health sciences and she plans to pursue a career in dentistry.

“We are pleased that Manar will be supported by the Beedie Luminaries Scholarship for her exciting post-secondary plans, and we congratulate her on her hard work and achievements,” says Gabriel Freund, District outreach worker for Adult Education. 

VSB Recognition Scholarships 

In 2018, the District created of three scholarships to annually honour administrators, teachers, and support staff who have an impact on our students’ lives. These scholarships are also meant to celebrate students’ remarkable achievements and their learning journeys under the exceptional leadership of District staff. 

This year, six students received VSB Recognition Scholarships, including Rachel Dong from Eric Hamber Secondary, Sophia Yang from Prince of Wales Secondary, Ferris Kerr from Templeton Secondary, Nghi Nguyen from Gladstone Secondary, Alphonzo Carrillo from Gladstone Secondary, and Leo Beaudry from King George Secondary. The District recognizes the amazing work from administrators, teachers and support staff mentioned in the students’ scholarship submissions. 

Congratulations to these and other incredible students who were awarded scholarships this year. We wish you the very best as you continue with your education journeys! 

Stay tuned to our social channels throughout the summer for more highlights about student award recipients.  

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