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Westwood Student Offered Over $600,000 in Scholarships!

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UPDATED: (Fort McMurray, AB, May 18, 2022) In another record-breaking update: Manorama Joshi has just been offered a FOURTH $100,000 Schulich Leader Scholarships offer from McGill University for Engineering! Congratulations again, Manorama. That’s over $600,000 now!

(Fort McMurray, AB, May 17, 2022) It’s a record-breaking achievement, and we are so very proud of Manorama Joshi, who has been offered over $500,000 in scholarships including three from Schulich Leader Scholarships! Our grade 12 Westwood Community High School student, Manorama is the first-ever Fort McMurray Public School Division (FMPSD) and Westwood student to garner three Schulich Scholarships at the same time, Canada’s coveted prize offered to only 100 students across the nation.

Manorama, 17, was offered the three Schulich Scholarships for Engineering from the U of A, U of C, and UBC. In addition, she has also been offered a $30,000 leadership scholarship at the U of A, two $88,000 entrance scholarships from McGill, $50,000.00 at Western University, and $19,000.00 from McMaster University - totaling $530,000.

A well-known name at FMPSD and in the community, at Westwood Manorama is involved in the Principal's Advisory Council, the Breakfast Club of Canada, Medical Leadership Club, Senior Girls’ Volleyball. She is the co-founder and VP for the school’s Women in Technology group, and much more. An avid community volunteer, she is on the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council (MACOY), the Financial Director for Youth Computing, a student-led group connecting students with technology, on the United Way Community Investment Team as their first youth member this year. And, is a poet, dancer, and a painter. 

Manorama is all set to pursue the competitive Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Engineering at the University of British Columbia majoring in Computer Engineering. 

“I was ecstatic about the numerous opportunities with Schulich and other major prestigious awards,” notes Manorama, who is currently competing at the virtual Canada Wide Science Fair. 

“Getting the Schulich Leader Scholarships 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. 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.”

Tifanie Book, Principal, Westwood Community High School dubs Manorama an “exceptional individual, who is an essential part of our 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.”

“I have no doubt that she is going to continue to make a difference in her future studies and career, and we will be cheering her on all the way. We are so proud of all of our graduates and strive at Westwood to support students in reaching their dreams.

To see what Manorama has accomplished is inspiring for us all and her achievements are the result of years of hard work and heart,” Book added.

FMPSD Superintendent Annalee Nutter has known Manorama since her Principal days at Walter and Gladys Hill Public School and was ecstatic about the news.

“Manorama was always a go-getter. I have seen her grow as a leader, and am not surprised at all about all of the wonderful things she has been involved in, or leading. However, I also have not seen such an accomplishment as three offerings of the Schulich Leader Scholarships. This is incredible! Way to go Manorama! It is a joy to anticipate what she achieves next."

Congratulations Manorama!

For more information, please contact:

Kiran Malik-Khan
Communications Consultant