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Six Surrey secondary students have been awarded sizeable post-secondary scholarships from the Horatio Alger Association.
The scholarships are awarded annually to deserving high school students in financial need who have overcome significant diversity while demonstrating strength of character, academic excellence, a desire to contribute to society and a commitment to pursuing higher education.
Sukhmanpreet Bajwa, a student at Tamanawis Secondary, was chosen among just five recipients nationwide to receive the $10,000 Horatio Alger Entrepreneurial Scholarship.
Five other Surrey students were named Horatio Alger Canadian Scholars, receiving $5,000 apiece. They were: Maheen Khan (Guildford Park), Jennifer Chou (Lord Tweedsmuir), Ivan Sadovsky (Semiahmoo), Wesley Chang (Earl Marriott) and David Doan (Guildford Park).
"Each year, our Association looks for the hardest working, most deserving Canadian students to award our post-secondary scholarships. Our 85 scholarship recipients for 2017 make us proud, and we are honoured to help them as they strive to overcome adversity," said said Prem Watsa, President of the Horatio Alger Association of Canada. "On behalf of the Members of the Horatio Alger Association, I want to congratulate them on their inspiring achievements."
The association received thousands of applications for its needs-based scholarships. The average annual family income of the recipients was $20,042, with some having also experienced abuse, the death or incarceration of a parent, abandonment by a parent or guardian, been in foster care or struggled with physical or mental disabilities. Despite challenges, each scholarship recipient maintained high grades and many found time to work during the school year.