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Westwood High School student wins prestigious scholarship

Last Updated Feb 13, 2018 at 9:06 pm MST

PHOTO. Supplied. FMPSD. Westwood Student Finalist for $100,000 Loran Scholarship.

A Westwood High School student has won a $100,000 scholarship.

Dhruv Patel is in grade 12 and one of 34 students to be chosen across the country for the Loran Award.

“Where do I even begin to explain how amazing, humbling, and grateful winning this award is,” said Patel.

“The national interviews were over a span of two days in Toronto, and I got to meet some wonderful people from across Canada, who are doing most extraordinary work I’ve ever seen, especially the youth. I feel privileged and honoured as well as very lucky to be able to call myself a Loran Scholar and I am very excited for my future ventures. All in all, I hope to have made my teachers and mentors as well as my community proud, and thank them all for supporting me through the years.”

Patel is co-president of YouthComputing, a social profit he co-founded to encourage coding and computer science in FMPSD schools throughout the region.

He is also on the Mayor’s Advisory Council for Youth (MACOY).

“We are so very excited Dhruv has been selected as one of Canada’s 34 Loran Scholars, but we are not surprised! Dhruv is a leader and a team player, who is always looking for meaningful ways to improve his community. He is a very hardworking, accomplished and humble young man, who is yet another example of how Westwood and FMPSD have helped to inspire and support students in achieving great things,” said Cynthia Shelley, principal, Westwood Community High School.

Patel plans to attend the University of Waterloo and study Mechantronics Engineering.