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Outstanding Scholarship Celebrated at Glendon


Close to 70 students and their friends or family members attended Glendon’s annual Scholarship Reception on September 25th to receive their awards and be celebrated for their academic achievements.

In his welcoming address, Glendon principal Kenneth McRoberts encouraged students to continue to broaden their horizons through the top-quality bilingual liberal arts education they receive at Glendon, and to make the most of what life on campus offers. “There may not be ready answers to your questions”, said McRoberts, “but your university education can help you discover the questions you want to address. And in this process, you will also learn a great deal about yourself.”

Right: Tamaisha Eytle and Sabina Khan

Associate Principal (Student Services) Louise Lewin, who hosted the reception, suggested that students who got involved with campus activities were the ones who benefited fully from their years at university. “Participating in clubs, cultural activities and student government, and making use of the services offered is the way to gain the full experience of student life”, said Lewin.

2nd-year Women’s Studies and Canadian Studies student Kristin Pennington supported Lewin’s words with her testimonial about her student experience at Glendon. Pennington, who is the recipient of the Governor General’s Award of Distinction, outlined her version of how to succeed at university. Aside from achieving top marks in her classes, Pennington is also a residence Don and an active member of several Glendon student clubs. “You need to schedule your time and keep on top of your work. But you also need to know when to ask for help and at Glendon help is always available, whether it is guidance for careers, personal matters, essay writing or financial concerns.”

Right: Kristin Pennington, recipient of the Governor General's Award of Distinction

At the conclusion of the formal part of the event, everyone was encouraged to mingle and enjoy coffee and cake in the usual, warm, personal Glendon style. Said 2nd-year Math student Sabina Khan, a recipient of a continuing scholarship for overall academic achievement (with last year’s average at 8.25 GPA), “This is really a good school. The professors are friendly and they know every student in the class.” Tamaisha Eytle, 2nd-year International Studies student added, “Glendon is a busy, friendly, enjoyable place. I don’t know yet what my future holds. After graduation, perhaps I will return to Jamaica and start an NGO for youth employment or a school of performing arts. My Glendon education will be a good preparation for whatever I choose.”

Left: Kiruthiga Shanmuganathan accompanied by her proud mother

1st-year Entrance Scholarship recipient Kiruthiga Shanmuganathan is taking Business Economics with the prospect of possibly becoming a chartered accountant. “I have family living in France”, she said, “and I love the opportunity of practicing my French and taking courses in French. It will be wonderful to be more fluent the next time I visit.”

Ashley Thomas received the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship, a 1st-year entrance scholarship for outstanding marks in high school. She is studying Linguistics and hopes to become a French teacher. “I think the courses are fun and I am at the right place to pursue my future plans.”

Left: Ashley Thomas, recipient of the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship

Sarah Jansen comes to Glendon from Calgary, Alberta, having received a Harris Steel scholarship. The Harris Steel Entrance Scholarships have been created to “encourage gifted students from British Columbia, Alberta or Quebec to study in Ontario and thereby promote Canadian unity.” This is a good fit for Sarah, who has chosen International Studies and wants to continue improving her French. “My current thinking is that I would like a career as a diplomat, but I am only at the beginning of my studies”, said Jansen.

Right: Harris Steel Scholarship recipient Sarah Jansen

“Getting through the general education requirements is a bit of a chore”, said 1st-year International Studies and Hispanic Studies student Jonathan Kates. “But I love the feeling of community and residence life and I know that I will be pursuing my passion for language studies and the diplomatic service through the courses I will be taking here.”

Left: Jonathan Kates

2nd-year International Studies major Alex Ross is a high academic achiever, recipient not only of the renewable scholarship for high marks, but also of the Harry S. Ellis Prize for top marks in the study of philosophy. And that’s not all: he is an active member of campus life and this year’s Editor-in-Chief of Pro Tem, Glendon’s student newspaper. “You need to learn to maintain a balance”, said Ross, “of managing your time and juggling different activities. You have to be flexible and adjust to constantly changing responsibilities and priorities. But you also need to make sure that you have some time for yourself.” Ross is thinking of a Master’s degree in journalism, because through his work at Pro Tem, he has discovered his love of writing.

Right: Pro Tem editor and scholarship recipient Alex Ross

A much-valued presence at this year’s reception (as well as in many previous years) was that of donors Mr. and Mrs. Marshall, whose daughter, Lori Ann Marshall was a 3rd -year student at Glendon, when she passed away due to chronic illness. The Lori Ann Marshall bursary, given out twice annually, was established by them in 1989 to honor her and to assist other students with financial need and a permanent disability.

This year more than one million dollars have already been disbursed to Glendon students through scholarships, awards, bursaries and grants. Much credit is due to Glendon manager of Student Financial Services Fiona Kay and her team. Not only do they arrange these important award celebrations each year; they are at the “front line” all year long, there to disburse financial help and support on a daily basis to students who demonstrate high achievement or financial need.

Donors Mr. and Mrs. Marshall with (at the centre) Fiona Kay, manager of Glendon Student Financial Services

Article submitted by Glendon communications officer Marika Kemeny

Published on October 1, 2008