Isaac Bonisteel, New Harbour resident and graduating student at Pearson College in Victoria, British Columbia, is the 2016 recipient of the prestigious McEuen Scholarship awarded yearly to one individual.
The scholarship is based on merit and is the single largest scholarship awarded in the country. It includes tuition, room and board as well as a stipend for up to four years at St. Andrews University in Fife, Scotland.
Isaac has been accepted into Medicine at St. Andrews as of September 5 of this year. He intends to return to New Harbour to practice Medicine subsequently.
Isaac will bring an impressive set of skills and accomplishments to St. Andrews, including the highest marks possible in the International Baccalaureate Diploma. He impressed the selection committee with impeccable marks, outstanding leadership potential and participation in any number of extra-curricular activities including volunteer initiatives, provincial soccer, acting and playwriting, and the scuba diving program at Pearson.
On being told he’d won the scholarship, Isaac said he’d felt a great flood of emotions. “My heart rate practically doubled and an uncontainable smile formed on my lips. Over the past week I have had an opportunity to reflect on just how immense an opportunity I have been presented with, an opportunity that I am deeply thankful for and will cherish always.”
According to McEuen Foundation president John Aylen, the choice of the annual recipient is never easy but was unanimous in Isaac’s case. “Every year we receive some 50 applications or more from outstanding candidates from across the country. We select a short list of eight and bring them to Ottawa on the same day. Each of them meets with the selection committee, and we choose our recipient based on their written submission and the interview. All of them are standouts, but we can only choose one. Isaac was very deserving of this honour.”