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For the third time in the past four years, a Frank Hurt Secondary student has been selected as a Schulich Foundation scholar and awarded thousands in scholarships to pursue post-secondary education.
This year, Rebecca (Becca) Lim, a Grade 12 student, has been chosen to receive $100,000 to study biomedical engineering at the University of B.C.
There are just 50 Schulich Leader Scholarships awarded each year across Canada and more than 1,300 high school students are nominated nationwide.
Lim credits the "dedicated and supportive" staff at Frank Hurt for much of her success.
"They go above and
beyond to ensure students receive the personalized support they deserve," says Lim. "They guide us through challenging times, root for our success, and always look
out for our best interest. From classroom teachers to administrators to
support staff and counselors, the Frank Hurt staff are simply extraordinary."
Lim was not only recognized for her outstanding academic achievements, but also for her tireless and varied involvement in numerous extra-curricular activities. She not only plays, but coaches minor hockey, as well as leading Frank Hurt's STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) club.
Schulich Leader Scholarships are awarded to the "best and brightest" graduates who are enrolling in STEM undergraduate studies at participating universities in Canada and Isreal. The idea is that with their university expenses covered, they can focus their time on their studies, research projects, extracurriculars, and entrepreneurial ventures.
"They are the next generation of technology innovators," the Schulich Foundation states.
Frank Hurt grad Ali Janjiana, now a UBC student, was named a Schulich scholar last year, as was 2015 graduate Wylee Fitz-Gerald, who attends the University of Victoria.
"We have a huge community-minded staff and student population," says Jen Anderson, career facilitator at Frank Hurt Secondary, of the school's record landing Schulich scholarships. "There is a lot of support for students to get involved at school and in the community and learn more about the world around them."
Lim agrees, saying the school possesses an atmosphere that cultivates ambition.
"We're a culturally diverse school with students
talented in a variety of areas, including academics, athletics, applied skills,
and fine arts - and we work together to support each other in our pursuits," says Lim. "Despite attending an
inner-city school, students feel empowered to set and strive to achieve goals
that may at first appear outside their realm of possibility."