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.”
Kasey Killam is the recipient of the 2015 McEuen Scholarship. Kasey is finishing her final year of high school at Petitcodiac Regional School in Petitcodiac, New Brunswick. She lives in the nearby community of Havelock with her parents and younger sister.
Kasey has several significant achievements including a first place essay in the 2013 Northrup Frye Provincial Writing Contest, first place crystal (copper II sulfate) in the 2014-2015 Provincial Crystal Growing Contest organized by the Chemical Institute of Canada, and Highest Academic Achievement for her grade level in 2012, 2013, and 2014. Kasey is also a certified lifeguard, is fluent in French, and enjoys volunteering with her youth group.
Some of Kasey’s other hobbies include skiing, reading, travelling, and playing soccer, a sport in which her high school team holds three consecutive provincial titles.
Kasey says she is excited to attend the University of St Andrews and thanks her family, friends, and teachers for their overwhelming support and guidance. Following her undergraduate studies in Medicinal Chemistry, Kasey plans on continuing her education at the graduate level. Kasey hopes to someday work in pharmaceutical research helping to find treatments and cures for the many diseases facing our society today.
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Here’s a story about the recipient of the 2014 McEuen Scholarship, Jacob Zayshley.
Zayshley earns scholarship
Vernon Morning Star
December 28, 2014
Congratulations go out to Jacob Zayshley, whose family could not be more proud.
“Ten years ago, while battling cancer, we could not have fathomed the heights you were to reach,” said his family: father Randy, mother Erin, sister Versailles and grandmother Iris Shewchuk.
Zayshley is a proud graduate of Vernon secondary school. He was honoured to address his graduating class in June as valedictorian and was recently awarded the Governor General’s Academic Medal, for outstanding academic excellence.
Zorbey Turkalp (2010 McEuen Scholar) gave a TEDx talk in June 2014 into the question of whether classical music, with its complexity and richness, help abate the onset of dementia. Watch the talk.
Here’s a story about the 2013 recipient of the McEuen Scholarship, Julia Sawatzky.
Alberta dancer gets prestigious scholarship in U.K.
CBC News Calgary
May 10, 2013
A student at the school of Alberta Ballet is “spinning” after receiving a huge scholarship to a prestigious school in the U.K. — but it’s not for dancing.
Julia Sawatzky is the first Albertan to receive the McEuen Scholarship at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, which has only been given to one Canadian a year since 1974.
Revive and Grow strong was mentioned in the summer 2012 edition of the Concordia University Magazine. The book is available at Amazon.
Review and Grow Strong in the Concordia University Magazine
Here’s a story about the 2012 recipient of the McEuen Scholarship, Emma Archibald.
Bedford student wins prestigious scholarship
May 23, 2012
Possibly no dad in Nova Scotia is more excited about visiting his daughter at university than Al Archibald.
Emma Archibald, a graduating student at Charles P. Allen High School in Bedford, has won the McEuen Foundation scholarship and will now attend the University of St.Andrews in Scotland, the school where Kate Middleton and Prince William met while undergraduates.
The scholarship, worth $200,000 over four years, covers tuition and accommodations.
St. Andrews will celebrate its 600th anniversary next year, and even more relevant to Emma’s father, a fanatical golfer, it is just down the road from the Old Course, the most famous golf course in the world.
Here’s a story about the 2009 recipient of the McEuen Scholarship.
Student gets scholarship to St. Andrews
June 12, 2009
CENTRETON — Some kids choose the university they want at a relatively young age, and focus their energies on getting there.
Kids, for example, like Centreton resident Brendan Macdonald.
Some kids decide they want to attend their parents’ alma mater.
Again — Brendan Macdonald.
Some kids get complete four-year scholarships to those universities.
Yes, Brendan Macdonald. The Cobourg District Collegiate Institute East International Baccalaureate program graduate has won the prestigious McEuen Scholarship to the University of St. Andrew’s in Fife, Scotland.