A Grade 12 student at Georges P. Vanier Secondary School has won a prestigious scholarship in in recognition of her overcoming adversity and excelling in her studies.
Danielle Egilson has been awarded a $40,000 post-secondary scholarship with The Cmolik Foundation. The Selection Committee was impressed with Egilson’s application, her academic goals and future career aspirations. The award recognizes and honours Egilson’s hard work and commitment, and it will provide support to her as she pursues her education in physics and astronomy.
“I’m incredibly honoured to have been chosen to receive this award. It means so much to me and gives me the opportunity to focus on furthering my education and finding new ways to challenge myself,” she said.
The school community was excited at the news of Egilson’s scholarship and credit her for her dedication and passion toward education and the community, as well as the pursuit of knowledge.
“She has overcome many of life’s challenges already in her years and the resiliency she shows just through her dedication with her passions and dreams is admired,” said Vanier counsellor Megan Carruthers.
Egilson is a top student who was performing at nearly 100 per cent in Math 12 when she was in Grade 10, says teacher Paul Rebitt, who also complimented her on her work habits, positive attitude, pleasant personality and talent in photography.
“Danielle is an amazing person and very deserving of any recognition or award that she receives,” he added.
The Cmolik Foundation was founded in 2008 to provide opportunities for youth who have experienced adversity in their lives. Rooted in a belief in education to transform and empower, the foundation supports undergraduate and post-secondary education, mentorship, field trips and summer camps to support the development of youth.
It provides $40,000 scholarships to deserving students from across British Columbia and currently has 100 students enrolled in the Scholarship Program. The foundation is also known for the SFU Cmolik $100,000 Prize for the Best Enhancement in Public Education.