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Meet the 2016 Youth Get It Education Award winners

We’re all about building a richer future for youth. And that’s why we have the Youth Get It™ Education Awards to help youth pursue their post-secondary dreams.

We touched base with a few of the winners from this year to find out what winning this award means to them.

Grace J. / Surrey School District

As a recipient of a Youth Get It Education Award, you have overcome significant adversity. What motivates you to keep pursing your goals?

My greatest and most important motivation to continue pursuing my education is my family. While facing various adversities, overcoming new challenges and taking on new opportunities, my family was always on the sidelines cheering me on. Although it’s just my sister and my mother, they mean the world to me. Whenever the climb gets hard, they were and are always behind me offering a hand whenever needed. With every ounce of hope and trust, they remind me of the potential I have within me and push me further towards my goals.

What does receiving a Youth Get It Education Award mean to you? How is it going to help you pursue your post-secondary education?

With the help of this scholarship, I will be able to pay a portion of my first year of tuition with no financial burden. Through the years, I was able to learn that there is always someone to lend a helping hand. Coast Capital proved that this indeed is true by offering a supporting hand even before I have even started university. Becoming a student at UBC was a dream ever since I can remember and thanks to Coast Capital, I am one step closer to that goal. Receiving this Youth Get it Education Award is another sign telling me to pursue my dreams regardless of my circumstances and I am ready to take on this new chapter of university. This award is truly a blessing for my future and education.

If you could share one piece of advice with other youth facing personal hurdles, what would it be?

There is so much I want to say to those students who are facing difficulties within their lives such as poverty, health challenges, family struggles and many more because I too faced the same challenges. The most important message I want to deliver is this; when hope is found, help will follow. I know that at times, it may seem of no use to work hard to change the outcome of your situation because it seems almost impossible, but don’t lose hope. I urge you to keep trying and to keep looking for different paths because there will always be a way. Once you find hope, you will realize that there is already someone right behind you offering you a hand.

Jordie L. / Central Okanagan School District

As a recipient of a Youth Get It Education Award, you have overcome significant adversity. What motivates you to keep pursing your goals?

I have definitely overcome significant adversity and what keeps me motivated is the feeling of beating the odds. I’ve had my fair share of challenges but when I work hard and stay focused, I come out on top. That feeling I get when I achieve my goals keeps me going.

What does receiving a Youth Get It Education Award mean to you? How is it going to help you pursue your post-secondary education?

Receiving this award gives me a new sense of drive and purpose. It assures me that I can do whatever I set my mind to despite the challenges I have faced. This award just helps me get one step closer to achieving my career goals, and makes school more accessible.

If you could share one piece of advice with other youth facing personal hurdles, what would it be?

The best advice I have is to keep pushing through and dreaming big. Life isn’t easy but pain is only temporary. You can and will achieve your goals!

Dominik S. / Greater Victoria School District

As a recipient of a Youth Get It Education Award, you have overcome significant adversity. What motivates you to keep pursing your goals?

What motivates me through the tough times and hardships is knowing that no matter what I have gone through, and no matter I will do, I am capable and deserving of achieving my goals and receiving love and support from the people closest to me to help me reach those goals.

What does receiving a Youth Get It Education Award mean to you? How is it going to help you pursue your post-secondary education?

Receiving a Youth Get It Education Award is an amazing experience that I am so happy to have. This award will help me reach my full post-secondary potential whereas before receiving the award I wasn’t confident I would get there.

If you could share one piece of advice with other youth facing personal hurdles, what would it be?

I would say that this is not the end. Whatever challenges you are facing are just that – they are challenges. They will not defeat you; you will only become stronger and wiser.

Congratulations to all of the 2016 Youth Get It Education Award winners!

School District Award Winner
Central Okanagan Jordon M.
Anonymous
Jordie L.
Chilliwack Riley E.
Shawna F.
Abbotsford Harpreet V.
Silver A.
Arsh S.
Langley Shakiba F.
Rachel R.
Ma Ser P.
Surrey Caitlin W.
Michael K.
MaryJo W.
Grace J.
Paul K.
Justin C.
Sarah B.
Mandeash G.
Delta Anonymous
Jacqueline W.
Richmond Kristian W.
Alon A.
Esther C.
Vancouver Michelle S.
Jack S.
Eman A.
Safiya H.
Sean L.
Juian D.
Kenji L.
New Westminster Monica D.
Burnaby Ev M.
Dominique S.
Philip H.
Maple Ridge Yuliya D.
Emily C.
Coquitlam Marcus R.
Mark L.
Jeremy F.
Sophia D.
North Vancouver Delaney C.
Claire D.
West Vancouver Bella G.
Greater Victoria Tanisa B.
Dominik S.
Meghan W.
Sooke Carmen A.
Martha D.
Saanich Amber D.
Ottalie G.
Nanaimo Sarina D.
Strickland V.
Qualicum Storm R.
Comox Valley Robbie T.
Cowichan Valley Raiden C.
Conseil Scolaire Francophone Alexandra C.
Federation of Independent Schools Canada Catherine S.
Bea M.
Emmah N.

Get the scoop on the Youth Get It Education Awards and how you can apply for an award next year.