Congratulations to our 2012 Scholarship Award recipients
Brandonite Amy Lee is our 2012 Bison Athletes Scholarship winner. Lee came to the University of Manitoba to play on the Bison Women’s hockey team, fulfilling a childhood dream. “I grew up thinking the Bisons were awesome,” recalls Lee. “And I wanted to play for them for a long time.” Off the ice, Lee is currently completing her fourth year in the Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources where she's taking environmental studies, focusing on wildlife management; she says she hopes to become a schoolteacher. Lee is an active volunteer with the Bison Marketing Committee, which promotes Bison teams to the community, and the University of Manitoba Athlete’s Council (UMAC). She has participated in UMAC outreach opportunities such as the Bison Book Buddies program, where athletes visit elementary schools and read to the students. An avid musician, Lee plays guitar and mandolin and even writes her own music. She says she “felt honoured and grateful” to receive her scholarship and for the financial help it will provide her and her family as she continues her studies.
Winnipegger Allan Turnbull opted to play for the hometown Bison football squad over UBC because of the tight knit nature of the team and because he felt the programs at the U of M “better suited his personality.” Now in his fourth-year of studies in the Faculty of Arts -- pursuing a double major in linguistics and political studies -- and with his sights set on law school in 2014, Turnbull is one of two 2012 Undergraduate Scholarship Award recipients. Like fellow Bison athlete Amy Lee, Turnbull is actively involved as a volunteer off the field and outside the classroom. He is the current president of the Faculty of Arts Student Body Council; co-president of the University of Manitoba Athletic Council; and a peer writing tutor at the Academic Learning Centre. Turnbull plans to graduate in December of 2013, and hopes to spend the year travelling before focusing on law school.
Jessica Lezen, who immigrated to Canada from Buenos Aires, Argentina, is our other 2012 Undergraduate Scholarship Award recipient. Lezen is in her fourth year at the U of M, studying biology and chemistry in the Faculty of Science. She hopes to study medicine at the U of M upon graduation. Lezen says she felt “incredibly excited” when she learned she’d received the scholarship and says it has “given me the financial freedom to concentrate on my studies and not worry about working to pay for schooling.” An avid baker, Lezen says she likes to try out new recipes and share them with her family and friends in her spare time. Outside the lab, she volunteers at the U of M as a member of the St. John’s Ambulance group, providing first aid at various events throughout the city and university. When asked where she hopes to find herself in 10 years, Lezen says she hopes to be practicing medicine, living on the outskirts of Winnipeg, and travelling in her free time.
Winnipeg-born Heather Graham, our 2012 Graduate Scholarship Award winner is part of the third generation of her family to attend the U of M: her parents, grandparents and sister all being alumni of the university. Graham has already completed her BA, BEd and post-bacc, and is currently in her second year of the master’s of education program. She hopes to work in the classroom with Grades 3 and 4 upon graduation, with the long-term goal of becoming an administrator, a learning support teacher, or continuing in academics with the pursuit of her PhD. Graham says she was honored to receive the alumni award, stating: “It serves as a beautiful reminder to me that if you stay motivated and give your best effort, incredible things can happen." Outside the classroom, she loves to travel and she has been to many exciting parts of the world both through school – India for her post-bacc, Ethiopia for her masters – and on her own, having visited Asia, Europe and Central America. Her next travel plans will focus on seeing more of Canada, beginning this summer with a trip to the Maritimes.
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