Congratulations Jeannette Vanier
$5,000 Scholarship Recipient!
CHECK OUT OUR 2020 WINNERS BELOW!!
To Qualify Applicants Must:
- Be a grade 12 student
- Be a resident of Windsor/Essex County
- Have a minimum 75% grade average
- Demonstrate a potential for leadership
- Demonstrate community enthusiasm
VATS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT
Anumita Jain (Massey High School) Highlights & Achievements Anumita is the Student Trustee of the Greater Essex County District School Board and subsequently a Co-Chair of the Student Well-Being Working Group—working at the provincial level to create a culture of wellness in schools across the province. She is also the President of the Debate Team, an Executive Member of student council, a member of Massey Hearts mental health awareness club, a Me to We Chapter Executive promoting social justice in communities and abroad, a Coffee House Executive Member, a Mulitcultural Dinner Executive Member, a Cancer Awareness Club Member, a school newspaper writer, and is the Founder of Let’s Talk Leadership—a program to engage and empower
elementary students to become leaders.
In the community, Anumita has been part of the Trant Team—University of Windsor Research Lab, the DECA (Demonstrated Excellence Celebrate Achievement) Business Club, the HOSA—Future Health Professionals organization, and Toastmasters International organization. She was a Windsor-Essex Devfest Organizer, and a Canadian Mental Health Association member—helping raise $2,900 for mental health treatment and education.
Anumita was a Student Assistant at the H. Gangam Medical Professionals, as well as the Windsor Kidney Function Clinic where she helped patients while shadowing a doctor.
She is also a member of the Riverside and Windsor Badminton Clubs, as well as a
Principal Flautist in the Windsor Symphony Youth Orchestra.
One of her greatest accomplishments is addressing the impact of period poverty in
education across Ontario. As a Student Trustee, Anumita decided to create a handbook for other student trustees. The book empowered them to spearhead the initiative by giving them information about menstrual hygiene and a variety of tools they could use to
implement the project at their board.
Congratulations Tina Nguyen
$1,000 Scholarship Recipient!
Jeannette Vanier (St. Anne's High School) Highlights & Achievements What stood out the most about Jeannette was her passion and confidence in herself. She knows her abilities, is proud of her accomplishments, and is ready to take on the world! She places high value on education and self regulation, enabling her to excel in the heavy course loads she challenged herself with, while still achieving high academic success in addition to the various extracurricular and service commitments she committed to.
Jeannette has been a committed member of the Concert band, Jazz band and Concert Choir throughout high school and is currently the President of the Music Department. She has participated in many activities such as; Terry Fox Runs, Café Musique, Remembrance Day ceremonies, Art in the Courtyard, Best Buddies Day of Champs, Honour Roll evenings, Grade School Christmas Tours, Grade Eight Nights and more. She has been an active member of Campus Ministry from grade 9-12, organizing events for students such as MADD presentations, mental health presentations and Therapy Dog sessions to encourage student health. Jeannette’s desire to raise awareness of environmental issues pushed her to help create the first ever Eco Team at St. Anne’s. She took on the leading role of developing a grant proposal to create a Green Wall in her school, providing opportunities for many classes as well as positively affecting the mental health and well being of students. She has helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to local charities by providing backup harmony vocal tracks for the S’Aints annual CD “Strike Hunger”. Jeannette is the Chief Squirette of the local and Provincial Board of Ontario. In this leadership role she has planned events such as pasta dinners, community outings, creating donation bags for the women’s shelter, making baskets for youth aging out of the foster system and more. She also visited the Ronald McDonald House, baking desserts for the residents and families, refilling crafting supplies, home essentials and games.
Congratulations Adam McDonald
$2,500 Scholarship Recipient!
Tina Nguyen (Kennedy High School) Highlights & Achievements
The Vats Memorial Scholarship was created in honour of our loving grandmother. She was strong, compassionate, independent, and most of all full of love. She wore her heart on her sleeve and lived her life giving back to others. Tina’s impressive resume resonates her passion for her school, her peers and her community. Her dedication, motivation, and perseverance is undeniable. And she tops it all off with a +90% academic average! But what really makes her shine is her humbleness and modesty. After reading Tina’s reference letters, we quickly realized that she is the exact definition of the Vats Memorial Scholarship. Here is what some of her teachers had to say about her...
“Since teaching her in grade nine, she has continued to amaze me with her hours and dedication that she has provided to our school and community. Tina is ambitious, driven and has a deep passion for her schooling as well as making an impact on those around her.”
“She has always been the most involved and active student. Not only does she lead almost all of our school events, but she donates the raised funds to our community partners.”
“It is often joked among staff that she should be on Kennedy’s payroll.”
“The initiative Tina demonstrates is truly indescribable. In 2019, Kennedy hosted it’s first ever Relay for Life event for the Canadian Cancer Society. Although she wasn’t initially
involved when the pilot project began, she joined our team and quickly took off running with it. She became a lead of our committee, motivated by the passing of her father at a young age, she dedicated an unbelievable number of hours and almost single-handedly ran an extremely successful event.”
2020 BE A GEM SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS
Congratulations Anumita Jain
$1,500 Scholarship Recipient!
BE A GEM SCHOLARSHIP
TOP AWARD $5000.00
2nd AWARD $2500.00
3rd AWARD $1500.00
VATS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
TOP AWARD $1000.00
The Be a GEM Foundation Scholarship Fund is for grade twelve students who have dedicated their time to community service, academic involvement, and/or leadership ability to direct and inspire others. Although there are no restrictions to the kind of work being done, applicants must be able to show long-term commitment and how they've made an impact in their school and community.
The Vats Memorial Scholarship was created in honour of our loving grandmother. She was strong, compassionate, independent, and most of all full of love. She wore her heart on her sleeve and lived her life giving back to others. The annual Vats Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to a recipient whose traits are just as generous.
BE A GEM FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP FUND
THE APPLICATION DEADLINE IS NOW CLOSED!
Adam McDonald (St. Joseph's High School) Highlights & Achievements Adam is the co-chair of the Student Senate of the WECDSB. As Student Trustee, he represents the student voice within his Board. Attending and coordinating monthly board meetings with students, Superintendents and the Director of the Board. Also, organizing and hosting workshops for students.
After volunteering with the Windsor-Essex Down Syndrome Association, Adam became a member of the St. Joseph’s Best Buddies Program because he recognized that individuals with special needs should be valued and supported.
Adam is an executive member of the Blood Drive Committee, a Science Olympiad
competitor, he was a member of the cross country team, travel basketball team, travel and high school soccer team, and a member of the Windsor Tatry Polish Dance Ensemble.
Adam spent the summer of 2019 volunteering at a local doctor’s office, and is actively involved in the Polish community, gaining volunteer experience as a Teacher’s Assistant at his local Polish School and winning a Polish Poetry Competition at the Polish Club of
Adam’s greatest accomplishment is gaining early acceptance to TrackOne Engineering at the University of Toronto—an extremely competitive program, with an acceptance rate of seven percent!
Not only has Adam accomplished all of this while maintaining a 95% academic average, his character and reputation are just as commendable. Quoted from his teacher, “Adam is kind, genuine, and patient making him well-liked by his peers. In group activities, I often place students in Adam’s group that were socially timid knowing that Adam would find ways to include them in the group so they could feel accepted and valued.”