We are pleased to announce that the Croatian-Canadian Scholarship Fund has awarded four (4) scholarships and two (2) bursaries for the 2019/2020 school year. The funds have been awarded in order to help further the education of full-time post secondary students in Canada.
Congratulations to each of the recipients!
Sandra is a student at the University of Toronto working towards her Master of Information. Sandra is an active member of the Croatian-Canadian community, with a passion for researching intellectual property rights. She has distinguished herself within the Faculty of Information (iSchool) and globally, relative to her research in the intersection of copyright and human rights. Sandra has travelled to Geneva, Switzerland to attend the World Intellectual Property Organization’s thirty-eighth Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights where she had the privilege of observing negotiations, networked with the Canadian delegation, and proactively consulted Croatian delegates on fair dealing (copyright exceptions) for libraries, archives, and museums. Upon graduation, Sandra aims to fulfill a career in the public sector as an information professional, developing digital policy and returning to academia to research principles of data governance in pursuit of a PhD.
Helena is majoring in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Guelph. She is an advocate for women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) roles. Through her position as the Big Sister Little Sister Coordinator, she partners first-year women in engineering with women in upper-years of engineering and plans events to help the first-years with the challenges of engineering. Additionally, through the University’s Women in Science and Engineering Club, Helena volunteers at outreach events that encourage young women to pursue careers in STEM. While on a mission trip to Peru, Helena witnessed first-hand the devastating effects of poverty
on wellbeing and healthcare and is determined to use her education to better the lives of those less fortunate by creating more accessible technologies to detect various diseases. A participating member of the Croatian-Canadian community, Helena has both played soccer and coached young children.
Believing in the Croatian tradition of “work hard in school or else!”, Gregory holds two Bachelor degrees and a Master degree. He is currently pursuing a Juris Doctorate in Law at the University of Calgary in addition to internships in two main areas: (1) UN counter-terrorism legislative research, and (2) Canadian national security. Gregory
has managed a non-for-profit with over 130 staff members, raised over $150k for various charitable organizations, was a vocal member of the university senate and student union, has resurrected a struggling magazine from debt and managed a team of students that over saw 5000 annual cases of student misconduct. He is currently the Marketing Manager and Host for Hearsay on CJSW station, a Canadian law radio show. Gregory is an active member of UCalgary’s Student Legal Aid Office, where he works as a student advocate where he even represented a fellow Croatian-Canadian in provincial court last month.
Veronika is a first-year graduate student currently completing her Masters of Architecture at the University of Toronto. She is committed to her education as well as preserving and celebrating her Croatian heritage. Veronika was selected to participate in an international exchange program in Spain as well as a collaborative research-based summer studio course. While she appreciates the value in academic success, Veronika believes it just as important to be involved in the communities we serve. At the University of Toronto, she was the President of the Croatian Students Association for three years, and is currently a Senior Mentor to younger students in her faculty. Having witnessed problems cities face such as overcrowding and unaffordability has inspired her. She believes in architecture of altruism; in order to be effective, design must have meaning, and to do this, it needs to respond to the ever-changing needs of society. It is her hope that as a future architect, she will play a role in an architecture that seeks to improve the quality of life for all individuals.
$1,500 Bursary Award Recipient
Marina is a Bachelor of Science and Engineering student majoring in Biomechanics at the University of Calgary. She is also a member of the Dino Women’s Volleyball team, one of the top teams in Canada that competes every weekend and travels across Western Canada for competitions. Marina trains six to seven days a week with the team during her eight-month academic calendar year and has achieved Academic All-Canadian status, awarded only to a select few students. In addition to playing volleyball, Marina coaches Kids Camps at Junior Varsity Center and Dinos Camps, mentors pre-teens through the Calgary Catholic Family Services Mentorship Program and volunteers with the Croatian Catholic Parish in Edmonton. With a keen interest in Rehabilitation Science, Marina will pursue a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy upon completion of her undergrad.
Caleb is an Art & Design student at George Brown College. He works as a Student Ambassador at George Brown College and volunteers his time at the Ontario College Information Fair (OCIF), helping high school students with their program specific questions and applications to George Brown College. Along with volunteering at OCIF, he also dedicates his time towards helping the Toronto Humane Society with building winterized feral cat shelters. Upon completion of his current program, Caleb will transition into the Graphic Design Advanced Diploma Program and upon graduating plans to work at a design firm to create campaigns for socio-economic causes as well as develop experience as a freelance Graphic Designer. Beyond volunteering, Caleb enjoys playing football and guitar.
The Croatian-Canadian Scholarship Fund is a joint program developed and administered by the Canadian-Croatian Chamber of Commerce and the Croatian-Canadian Library.