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Nov 14
Scholarship nominations, awards for students from Semiahmoo and North Surrey

Three students in Semiahmoo Secondary’s International Baccalaureate (IB) program are among 34 Canadians vying for one of four full entrance scholarships to the University of Cambridge.

Akshiv Bansal, Lloyd James and Fred Zhu are finalists for the $150,000 Blyth Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Scholarship, awarded to students who have shown academic excellence, intellectual depth, personal integrity and success beyond their school studies.
“It is a serious nod to the quality of education offered by Surrey Schools IB program that three of our students will be interviewed for full ride scholarships at Cambridge, which has been ranked the top university in the world,” says IB program co-ordinator Lynne Porpaczy. “Surrey Schools is providing the access for students to follow their dreams anywhere in the world.”semiahmootrioWEB.jpg

Semiahmoo is one of only two schools in Canada to have so many nominees, and the only school in B.C.
The IB program is an accelerated curriculum that allows students to earn university course credits toward preferred admission to university.

In order to qualify for the Cambridge scholarship, the students had to submit a list of their academic achievements, provide three letters of recommendation from teachers and a member of the community and write a 1,000-word essay exploring the discipline they wish to study.
Last year, Semiahmoo’s Tristan Downing won the $150,000 scholarship and is now at Pembroke College at Cambridge University completing his master’s of engineering degree in four years.

North Surrey student wins scholarship for environmental stewardship

Meanwhile, Grade 12 North Surrey Secondary student Marlissa Moro has been recognized as one of two Dr. M. Wosk Scholarship recipients for Youth Environmental Leadership.
Marlissa has been volunteering in local parks since she was just six years old, and was chosen for the scholarship due to the environmental leadership role she’s taken in her community.

The scholarship is awarded to individuals who have training in ecological issues and environmental preservation as well as the organizational and communication skills necessary to make a profound difference. The impact of their work will be felt by all as they grow to become the leaders of the future.



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