Brock scholarships help support 59 Niagara high school grads

MEDIA RELEASE: 15 June 2020 – R0100

For the sixth-consecutive year, Brock University celebrated 59 local students and future leaders by awarding the Niagara Principal’s Scholarships to two students from nearly every public, Catholic and private secondary school in the region.

The annual scholarships are given to students who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement and commitment to school and community. Each post-secondary principal may nominate up to five candidates, of which two are selected annually. The value of each award is $2,500. Since its inception, more than $830,000 in Niagara Principal’s Scholarship funding has been offered by Brock.

“Brock University is proud to continue the longstanding commitment to supporting and recognizing student excellence,” says Brock President Gervan Fearon. “Since the Niagara Principal’s Scholarship was launched in 2015, we have celebrated the success of students across the Niagara region who have chosen to pursue their post-secondary education at Brock.

“We are excited to see the variety of ways these students will contribute to the local community and the University. At Brock, we know we are a part of nurturing and fostering the future leaders of our region, country and world, and students receiving these scholarships are a big part of it, too.”

While the annual cohort of recipients are traditionally celebrated during a ceremony in the spring, the Campus Initiatives team in the Registrar’s Office got creative this year as physical distancing measures are in place due to COVID-19.

“This year’s recipients were recognized for their achievements by receiving a package in the mail that had their award and Brock swag in it,” says Recruitment Officer, Campus Initiatives Carly Dugo. “Later this summer, each recipient, along with their families and high school representatives, will be invited to a virtual awards recognition event to celebrate their achievements and meet other leaders from the Brock community.”

Despite necessary changes being made to the format in which recipients are recognized, Geraldine Jones, University Registrar and Associate Vice-President, Enrolment Services, says this doesn’t mean the celebrations are any less exciting.

“While it may have taken a different form this year, I am proud and excited that we were able to continue the tradition of celebrating the success of high achieving Niagara students who have chosen to study at Brock in the fall,” says Jones.

The 2020-21 cohort of Niagara Principal’s Scholarships recipients include:

Shreeya Patel, A.N. Myer Secondary School

Mayah Cousens, A.N. Myer Secondary School

Isabella Saranchuk, Beamsville District Secondary School

Gracie Groulx, Beamsville District Secondary School

Madison O’Brien, Blessed Trinity Catholic School

Alana Sawatsky, Blessed Trinity Catholic School

Amy Battista, Denis Morris Catholic School

Ola Hamid, Denis Morris Catholic School

Devon Fiander, DSBN Academy

Tajrian Hossain, DSBN Academy

Grace Teal, E.L. Crossley

William Guitard, E.L. Crossley

Lauren Gauthier, Eastdale Secondary School

Kaitlin Ives, Eastdale Secondary School

Chyenne Neath, École Secondaire Catholique Jean Vanier
Ian Lamothe, École Secondaire Catholique Jean Vanier

Aaron Friesen, Eden High School

Meghan Busca, Eden High School

Alex Reynen, Governor Simcoe Secondary School

Arlinda Veseli, Governor Simcoe Secondary School

Ethan Dobrenski, Great Lakes Christian School

Arica Oliver, Greater Fort Erie Secondary School

Morgan Robinson, Greater Fort Erie Secondary School

Emma Bergen, Grimsby Secondary School

Hayden Miller, Grimsby Secondary School

Ara Antonides, Heritage Christian School

Hendrick Brasz, Heritage Christian School

Anna Tolkacz, Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School

Kaitlyn Wiebe, Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School

Samuel Beifuss, Lakeshore Catholic High School

Emily Caldwell, Lakeshore Catholic High School

Megan Clemmensen, Laura Secord Secondary School

Andrew Yap, Laura Secord Secondary School

Anthony Colosimo, Notre Dame College School

Brooke Atamanyk, Notre Dame College School

Riley Simpson, Port Colborne High School

Kaitlyn Chambers, Port Colborne High School

Mona Shivafard, Ridley College

Mario Alejandro Vera Esparza, Ridley College

Cole Carpenter, Saint Francis Catholic Secondary School

Rachel Bufalino, Saint Francis Catholic Secondary School

Anna Khutornaya, Saint Michael Catholic High School

Michael Mohammed, Saint Michael Catholic High School

Grant Booth, Saint Paul Catholic High School

Karen Hanna, Saint Paul Catholic High School

Gage Mitchener, Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School

Griffen Mason, Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School

Hope Amos, Smithville Christian High School

Rachael DeMask, Smithville Christian High School

Manikham (Marianne) Vongboutdy, St. Catharines Collegiate

Carissa Marcantonio, St. Catharines Collegiate

Jenna Wiegand, Stamford Collegiate

Brooke Bernier, Stamford Collegiate

Rebecca Mosimann, Thorold Secondary School

Brooklyn Brown, Thorold Secondary School

Gabryelle Corriveau, Welland Centennial Secondary School

Rielly Jinks, Welland Centennial Secondary School

Maeve Martin, Westlane Secondary School

Dordaneh Mirbabaei Ghafghazi, Westlane Secondary School


For more information or for assistance arranging interviews:

* Dan Dakin, Manager Communications and Media Relations, Brock University, 905-347-1970

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