Future health leaders off to a great start with Canadian Medical Hall of Fame scholarship

LONDON, ON, Sept. 19, 2016 /CNW/ - Four exceptionally bright and community-minded students are beginning their university education with a little help from the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame / Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life Scholarship. One high school student in each of four regions across Canada has been named to this scholarship that provides $4,000 toward their undergraduate degree in medicine or the health sciences at a Canadian university.

The 2016 scholarship recipients are: Winnica Beltrano of Winnipeg, MB; Lily Wu of Ancaster, ON; Kathy Nodzynski of Pierrefonds, QC; and Amelia English of Pictou, NS. Between them these young leaders have received more than 60 academic and leadership awards and have founded or contributed significantly to 10 community service and charitable organizations.  Read more about these accomplished students in the attached fact sheets or on our website. CLICK HERE

"What an impressive group of outstanding young people who have demonstrated leadership skills and passion for community engagement through their academic and extra-curricular success," said Lissa Foster, CMHF Executive Director. "We are grateful to Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life for enabling us to continue to inspire young people to pursue their dreams in health science through this scholarship."

"We congratulate all four recipients who are taking the first steps in their journey to build successful careers in medicine," said Cathy Weaver, Senior Vice-President, Human Resources, Canada. "Developing medical expertise in Canada benefits the long-term health and well-being of Canadians. We're proud to help support these four in achieving their goals."

Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life serve the financial security needs of more than 12 million people across Canada. Through their national corporate citizenship program, the companies work alongside non-profit, charitable and community organizations to build stronger communities together.

The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame is a national charitable organization that celebrates Canada's medical heroes and inspires young people to pursue careers in the health sciences through the annual induction of inspiring Canadian health leaders, educational programs and a virtual and physical exhibit hall.

The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame / Great‐West Life,
London Life and Canada Life Scholarship Award

Report on 2016 Scholarship Winners

Four young Canadians with stellar academic careers and a passion for helping others and improving lives have been selected as this year's winners of the 2016 Canadian Medical Hall of Fame / Great‐West Life, London Life and Canada Life Scholarship Award. Each recipient receives $1,000 per year toward a four‐year undergraduate degree in Health Sciences. Our scholarship program is administered in association with The Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC). The selection committee is currently chaired by Dr. Michael J. Rieder of Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University and includes the CMHF board student rep and a faculty of medicine administrator.

Winnica Beltrano of Winnipeg, MB attending University of Calgary
"I am filled with immense joy and gratitude as a recipient of this scholarship, which further encourages me to pursue a health science path with enthusiasm and resilience, while knowing I have a strong support network along the way. I truly believe that it will not only provide financial support, but also a source of meaningful inspiration and motivation as I begin university while continuing to promote values of dedication, compassion, and lifelong learning. Thank you so much for supporting my goals!"

Lily Wu of Ancaster, ON attending McMaster University
"I am so thankful for this scholarship from The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame, Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life. It is encouraging to know that there is this amazing organization that is willing to recognize students' hard work and help alleviate the burden of tuition. This scholarship motivates me to continue my pursuit of a career in medicine. Thank you!"

Kathy Nodzynski of Pierrefonds, QC attending 2nd year CEGEP, John Abbott College
"It is an absolute honour to receive the Canadian Hall of Fame scholarship. This scholarship has given me further courage and inspiration to pursue my passion in the medical field. I cannot wait to see what the future will hold for me!"

Amelia English of Pictou, NS attending St. Francis Xavier University
"I am very grateful and honored to be chosen as one of the recipients receiving the prestigious Canadian Medical Hall of Fame Scholarship. I realize there is a long road ahead, both financially and educationally, as I pursue my goal of becoming a medical oncologist. This scholarship will greatly assist me on this journey. Thank you very much!"



SOURCE Canadian Medical Hall of Fame

For further information: Lissa Foster, Executive Director, The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame, 519.488.2003, x100, lfoster@cdnmedhall.org, Be inspired. Explore the stories of our Laureates. www.cdnmedhall.org; Tim Oracheski, Director, Communication Services, Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life, 204.946.8961 tim.oracheski@gwl.ca

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