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Graduates Celebrate Millions in Scholarship Wins

The Class of 2023 has collectively earned more than $7 million in scholarships and still counting. The impressive total includes everything from full rides to small awards.

Several of the scholarships earned by this year’s graduates are significant in value, such as the following.

Burnaby Mountain Secondary’s Joshua Liu earned the Uggla Family Scholarship at Simon Fraser University for $100,000. Katie Huynh (Huynh Ky Ngoc Nhi) from Moscrop Secondary secured a regional award and entrance scholarship at Oregon State University for a total of $48,000. And Ula Williams, a Burnaby South Secondary School student from the Squamish Nation, was selected for a $40,000 RBC Future Launch Indigenous Youth Scholarship. Burnaby North Secondary’s Simon Ing was awarded a significant entrance scholarship at Queen’s University.

Many graduates earned athletic scholarships, including full rides, at post-secondary institutions. For example, significant athletic scholarships were earned by Burnaby Central Secondary’s Clare Logan, who will play soccer for the University of Notre Dame, and Burnaby North Secondary’s Jeremy Launt who will play field lacrosse for Cornell University. Clare was part of the Girls Elite soccer academy at Central – put on in partnership with Vancouver Whitecaps FC – which is one of many sports academies and Programs of Choice offered at the District.

Several members of the Class of 2023 were awarded the Beedie Luminaries scholarship of up to $44,000 each for their post-secondary studies:

Alexander Work, Burnaby Mountain Secondary
Annie (Yun Qing) Xue, Moscrop Secondary
Man Hei Yuen, Burnaby North Secondary
Sehar Fatima, Moscrop Secondary
Shaza Alzaza, Byrne Creek Community School
Sierra Toutant-Whitford, Cariboo Hill Secondary
Syed Asghar Shah, Cariboo Hill Secondary
Tiffany Chou, Moscrop Secondary
Yassmin Arfa, Burnaby South Secondary

Watch the video of the new cohort of Beedie Luminaries learning they have received the scholarships, here.

Scholarships of all sizes help students to achieve their post-secondary dreams. The Michael J Fox Theatre offers individual winners anywhere from $1,000 to $5,000. As of this May, more than 100 students across the Burnaby School District were granted a total of over $300,000. Initial funding for these scholarships was provided by actor Michael J Fox – who is himself a graduate of Burnaby Central Secondary – to assist students pursuing careers in the visual and performing arts.

Often the awards are more than just an application, such as the eight $1000 bursary awards provided by the Port of Vancouver that went to students at Burnaby Mountain Secondary. The youth were chosen for the Port’s Summer Leadership Work Experience Program in 2022 and spent 100 hours volunteering and learning last summer.

Congratulations to all scholarship and bursary winners, all graduates, and their families.


Posted July 2023