A student of St. John Brebeuf High School in Abbotsford has been awarded a $40,000 scholarship from the Cmolik Foundation.
Reta Younan received the award in recognition of her achievements in overcoming adversity and excelling in her studies.
The selection committee said they were impressed with Younan’s application, her academic goals and her future career aspirations.
She is planning to pursue studies toward becoming a neuroscientist.
“Reta is an excellent student and an outstanding person,” said school principal Gianni Bittante. “She is a person of strong character and will be a success in her chosen field of neuroscience. The Cmolik Foundation Award will be a huge help to Reta in overcoming the financial challenges of post-secondary education.”
Younan said she is honoured to have been selected for the scholarship.
“Their generosity will support my post-secondary education, not only financially but with a community that truly cares,” she said.
The Cmolik Foundation believes in the power of education to transform a student’s life journey.
In addition to providing students with funding, the foundation provides students with a mentor, a supportive community of scholarship peers and alumni, as well as access to ongoing special events (virtual during the pandemic) and professional opportunities.
The Cmolik Foundation was founded in 2008 to provide opportunities for youth who have experienced adversity in their lives. It provides $40,000 scholarships to deserving students from across British Columbia.
There are currently 100 students enrolled in their scholarship program.
The foundation is also known for the SFU Cmolik $100,000 Prize for the Best Enhancement in Public Education.