Edmonton grade 1 of three winners of the celebrated UBC $ 40Okay scholarship
An Edmonton student is one of three recipients of the prestigious University of British Columbia Presidential Scholarship.
The award secures $ 5,000 for St. Francis Xavier’s 12th grade student Georgia Simkin for her first year commencing September and is renewable for a total of $ 40,000 over the next three years.
“I’m so honored,” Simkin told CTV News Edmonton. “Definitely grateful for everyone who helped me with my training.”
The Catholic School wrote a letter of recommendation to Simkin outlining their roles on the Stollery Youth Advisory Committee, Graduate Council, and the Shine Bright Be Fearless campaign.
Simkin also co-founded Yegbox, an online retailer of locally made products; Volunteers at Edmonton Food Bank; and participated in Oxford University’s aspiring student program.
Simkin was “undoubtedly destined to do amazing things,” said a spokesman for the Catholic school board.
“My motivation to help people and my passion for learning came from my youth. I had some health problems and everyone around me was so caring and giving,” Simkin told CTV News Edmonton.
“It really inspired me to do the same.”
Medical studies seem to be in the future of the student. In particular immunology.
“So much is happening in this area.
“I feel like it would be a great way to help people, especially because doctors have helped me so much.”