(Fort McMurray, AB, May 25, 2022) It’s a first in Fort McMurray Composite High’s 46-year history, and Nabihah Hussaini is the reason for it - she is the first student in the school to ever secure the prestigious Schulich Leader Scholarship for $80,000!
An active school and community leader, Nabihah, 17, was recently informed of the honour. Schulich Leader is Canada’s coveted prize offered to only 100 students across the nation. “Half are valued at $100,000 for engineering scholarships and half are valued at $80,000 for science and math scholarships,” as per the official website.
“Being recognized as a recipient for the Schulich Leader Scholarship opens up a multitude of opportunities for me as I begin my undergraduate studies at the University of Calgary,” noted Nabihah.
“It's a magnificent honour and privilege to be offered a place within the deep network of Schulich Leaders and I'm especially grateful for the copious amounts of support I've received from family, friends and community members. Being notified that I was chosen as one of the 100 Schulich Leaders in Canada was one of the most exhilarating moments of my life. It will forever inspire me to work earnestly towards the positive change and development I hope to see in the near future. I look forward to entering the field of Computer Science this fall while at the same time recognizing the level of responsibility and dedication I must exhibit in order to truly benefit from this amazing opportunity.”
At Composite, Nabihah is the Student Council's Public Relations Officer, responsible for promoting school events and activities through the group’s social media platforms, a position she’s held since 2020. In the community she is active with Markaz ul Islam, the Islamic Centre of Fort McMurray where she volunteers as an instructor at the weekend school program; and helped run their summer camp program in August last year. Nabihah also volunteers as a youth mentor for Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta, and from 2018-2021 volunteered as a peer leader with the Settlement Workers in Schools Program (SWIS), a mentorship program for newcomer students, providing support and building connections with them as they navigate their new life in Canada.
Dan Tulk, Principal, Composite High School commented, “Nabihah is an amazing student who excels academically. She is an integral member of our school community, we are so proud of her and this fantastic accomplishment.”
“This momentous scholarship demonstrates the great things our students do at Fort McMurray Composite High School. We strive for a strong academic core surrounded by a family environment and this can be seen so prevalently in Nabihah. As a strong academic student, member of student council and the multicultural association, as well as an active community volunteer, Nabihah exemplifies Miner Pride and the spirit of Fort McMurray Composite High School. We are all so proud of you!” Tulk added.
Annalee Nutter, Superintendent, FMPSD, congratulated Nabihah.
“Way to go! What a historic moment for Composite and for FMPSD, as we have three Schulich winners this year from three different schools. We are proud of Nabihah. Her contributions to Composite, and the community at large are noteworthy, and we are so glad Schulich Scholarships selected her. We know she will be incredibly successful as she moves towards the next chapter of your life.”
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