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UPDATE: $600,000 in scholarship offers for local student

Last Updated May 19, 2022 at 9:10 am MST

Grade 12 Westwood Community High School student Manorama Joshi is the first student in the Fort McMurray Public School Division to receive scholarship offers totalling more than $500,000, including three from the Schulich Leadership Scholarship. Image supplied by FMPSD.

(EDIT: Since publication on May 18, 2022, there was a fourth Schulich Leadership Scholarship of $100,000 offered from McGill University for Engineering, totalling more than $600,000 in scholarship offers.)

Wood Buffalo’s best and brightest continue to break records.

The Fort McMurray Public School Division (FMPSD) announced grade 12 student Manorama Joshi has been offered more than $500,000 in scholarships.

She is the first FMPSD and Westwood Community High School student to receive three scholarships from the Schulich Leadership Scholarship program, which rewards only 100 students across Canada.

The 17-year-old first received notice of her accomplishment while competing at the virtual Canada-Wide Science Fair.

“I was ecstatic about the numerous opportunities with Schulich and other major prestigious awards.”

Manorama received three Schulich scholarships for Engineering from the University of Alberta (U of A), University of Calgary, and the University of British Columbia (UBC).

“Getting the Schulich Leadership Scholarship means I have the freedom to create and focus at university. I feel incredibly honoured to represent Westwood and the region and am proud of how far I have come.”

She was also offered a $30,000 leadership scholarship at the U of A, two $88,000 entrance scholarships from McGill, $50,000 at Western University, and $19,000 from McMaster University.

In total, Manorama received $530,000 in scholarship offers.

Tifanie Book is the principal of Westwood High.

She called Manorama an exceptional individual, and an essential part of the Westwood community.

“Not only does she excel academically, but she takes the lead in many initiatives, from volunteering in our daily breakfast program to teaching youth about computer science through Women in Technology. She is a school leader and a role model for many, exemplifying the qualities of the Westwood Trojan Spirit.”

A well-known community volunteer, Manorama is a member of the Principal’s Advisory Council, the Breakfast Club of Canada, Medical Leadership Club, and the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council (MACOY).

At Westwood, she co-founded the school’s Women in Technology group, which she serves as Vice-President.

“Every journey comes with a steep learning path, especially in the last few years, and I could not have done it without the support of my family, friends, teachers, principals, and mentors who have always guided me.”

Manorama said she plans to pursue a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Engineering at UBC, majoring in Computer Engineering.