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2016 Scholarship Fund awards six outstanding students
Read below to view the 2016 winners’ biographies. Please note that biographies are presented in the student’s own language.
Our 2016 Winners
My name is Amy Klym, I was born and raised in Calgary, AB. I graduated from high school in 2014 and from there on aspired to be a nurse. I am currently in school to become a licensed practical nurse here in Calgary. I have one year left to go and just recently finished my first practicum working with dementia patients at a long term care facility, I know that this is where I belong in life. There is nothing I want more in my life than to make a difference in someone else’s and this is one of the reasons I have chosen nursing as my profession. My “dream job” as a nurse would be on a maternity or pediatrics unit. Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, I was blessed with a wonderful mother and older sister who mean the absolute world to me and I wouldn’t be where or who I am today without them. I love getting outdoors and exploring new places. After I finish school I plan to travel for a year around the world, as seeing the beauty in different countries is something I frequently catch myself thinking about. When there is time to spare, I can be found volunteering with seniors, going thrift shopping or trying new foods. I cannot wait to see where this journey takes me and I am so beyond grateful to be awarded with this scholarship, thank you COPA for giving me such an opportunity.
My name is Jordan Landry and this year I will be attending my first year at Saint Francis Xavier University for a Bachelor of Science with a major in Kinesiology and minor in Health Sciences. After completing a full four years I will be heading off to Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Medicine. With this, my career goal is to become a Sports Medicine Physician so I can help athletes. Being a major athlete myself, I feel that this career path was the perfect fit for me. I’ve been involved in athletics for over 12 years now. From soccer to skating, basketball to volleyball, track and field, and many more! Being able to work with athletes and help them achieve their goals by healing and helping them work through injuries is a way I can stay connected in athletics. I am looking forward to my years at St. Francis Xavier and for the exciting chapters ahead.
My name is Nicholas Woo. I will be attending University of Waterloo for my first year of Computer Science Co-op this fall. The moment I knew I wanted to enter the technology industry was in Grade 8. Researching endless online forums and Youtube videos, I worked 3 weeks straight building a gaming PC from components that I didn’t even understand. Even from an early age, I had a fascination with technology, and it has molded the way I enjoy my life. I am passionate about my many hobbies which include badminton, pc gaming, and computer programming. Having a chance to study Computer Science, at such a renowned university is an exciting prospect for me, and one which I hope that I take to the fullest. With the help of COPA and my part-time employment with Staples Canada Inc., I can pursue my education while taking off some of the financial burden that comes along with it.
My name is Olivia Bagshaw, I am entering my second year of the Biomedical sciences program at Brock University. There, I am also involved with the varsity rowing team. I dedicate a lot of my free time to training and development in the sport of rowing. However, my true passion is in medical science and the human body. I am an avid reader and place a huge amount of focus on my studies. In the future, I hope to make a positive impact in the medical field. I also aspire to see and experience different cultures globally and hope to find a way to work these dreams into a career. I am extremely thankful to COPA and all of its contributors for supporting me throughout this journey.
My name is Mayur Patel, I will be starting my first year of Engineering at McMaster University in the fall of 2016. I am enrolled in the co-op program and plan to take full advantage of this opportunity to gain experience before completing my bachelors in engineering. After my bachelors I plan to get a Masters in Business Administration in order to achieve a management position in my respective field of work. I enjoy learning about math and science and have been actively participating in competitions throughout my high school years. One of my notable accomplishments was winning a bronze medal in the Skills Canada Competition for IT Systems and Network Administration. Being a recipient of this scholarship, I am truly grateful to COPA and its member companies for aiding me and my fellow students in achieving our goals and ambitions.
Hi my name is Lauren Nickle and I am 18 years old. I was born in London, Ontario but my parents moved to Dryden, Ontario shortly after I was born to be closer to family. I grew up in Dryden where I attended St. Joseph’s Catholic Elementary School in the French immersion program. I continued French throughout my time at Dryden High School and graduated on the honour roll, with a French and Business Certificate. I have played on a lot of sports teams for volleyball, soccer, hockey and golf. I have had many amazing experiences on all of my teams including winning NorWOSSA and NWossa volleyball, participating in Ofsaa for Volleyball and also winning NorWOSSA for golf. I am currently attending McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario where I am enrolled in the Commerce Business 1 program. I am enjoying my classes so far and have an interest in Marketing so I hope to take courses that will broaden my view of the business world specifically in that sector. I am also interested in possibly studying abroad for at least one semester during my four years of university. After university I hope to work in Marketing however I have an interest in owning an interior design business one day. I would like to thank COPA for accepting me as a recipient of this bursary. I am very appreciative and it will lighten the financial burden that come with pursuing post-secondary education.
Scholarship Fund Application Process and Guidelines
The COPA Scholarship is available to students entering first or second year post-secondary studies and who work for or have worked for, OR whose parent/guardian/grandparent works for a COPA member company.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: TBA 2017
Submit electronic copies of the application form to firstname.lastname@example.org
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About the Scholarship Fund
The COPA Scholarship is available to students entering first or second year post-secondary studies who work for or have worked for, or whose parent/guardian/grandparent works for a COPA member company. Download the full Criteria and Guidelines*
Funds for this scholarship are provided through cash donations from generous COPA members and through fundraising efforts at the annual COPA Golf Tournament and Stars Gala. A silent auction is held each year at the Stars Gala in support of the Fund and $10 from the sale of each golf registration also goes directly to the Fund.
In addition, a prize raffle is held at the tournament each year to raise additional dollars. The funds raised each year determine both the number of scholarships that will be awarded in the following academic year and the value of each scholarship.
The COPA Board of Directors and staff thank all those who have contributed to the Fund either through direct cash donations or by participating in fundraising initiatives at the COPA events.
Make a Donation
There are several ways to contribute to the COPA Scholarship Fund:
Corporate or personal cash donations (tax receipts provided)—make cheques payable to “COPA Scholarship Fund”
Fundscrip: use gift cards or eGift cards to make everyday purchases like gas and groceries and contribute to the Fund
Donate items to our Silent Auction table, held annually in November at the COPA Stars Gala
Register for the COPA Golf Tournament , $10 from every registration goes to the Fund
To find out more about how you can contribute to the Fund and support our industry students, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Contribute to the COPA Scholarship Fund through FundScrip
FundScrip is a fundraising program that enables you to pay for your everyday purchases with gift cards or eGift cards.
A percentage of the cards that you purchase is then donated to the COPA Scholarship Fund by simply entering our Invitation Code (HRLW7E) when prompted during your FundScrip Registration.
This means that just by paying for your groceries and gas with gift cards or eGift cards you can easily generate $25 every month for your group – that’s $300 a year!
With a growing list of over 170 national retailers, FundScrip makes it easy to Order, Shop and Make a Difference!
- It doesn't cost you anything extra
- You don’t have to change where you shop or what you buy
- Your everyday purchases add up to make a difference very quickly
If you want to read more about FundScrip, the Ordering Process or for Monthly Promotions, select one of the PDF’s to the right.
Thanks for considering FundScrip as a great way of contributing to the COPA Scholarship Fund.