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Nina Lam, a fourth year President's Scholar with her Pin of Excellence. Photo by John Baptista.

Congratulations to the 2019 President’s Scholars

November 1, 2019 — 

At a celebration on Monday, September 30, 2019, University of Manitoba President and Vice-Chancellor David Barnard recognized students who earned the distinction of President’s Scholar at a reception held in their honour. The designation is given each year to full time students admitted to the U of M with a minimum 95 per cent high school average and who maintain a minimum grade point average of 4.0 and a full course load for the rest of their first degree.

President’s Scholars who reach their fourth year maintaining their 4.0 GPA are presented with a gold pin they can wear to proudly show their commitment to their academic studies and leadership. This year, the university awarded 67 senior students with a pin. There are currently 614 President’s Scholars at the University of Manitoba.

The celebration was kicked off by a current fourth year scholar, Nina Lam, who shared what it means to her, having made it to her fourth year as a President’s Scholar: “For me, standing up here today… means that along the way, I’ve learnt so much more about myself, and what it means to face and accept hardship. Every single person in this room has had a range of pressures, a range of struggles, and yet through all of that, have found themselves here today in the same room. So, today is not just a celebration about grades, it’s a celebration of being in that same room – belonging to the President’s Scholars community.”

The distinction of being a President’s Scholar makes a student eligible for a number of benefits, such as: scholarship funding of $1000 in each second, third, and fourth years of study (providing he or she meets renewal criteria), priority registration, notation on the university transcript, access to the President’s Scholars Study Lounge and special events.

President Barnard congratulated the students on their accomplishment, and said, “You will be the leaders, innovators, builders, and volunteers who will shape our society, culture, and economy and UM is proud to be a defining part of your stories.”

The President’s Scholars program is a collaboration between the President’s Office, Financial Aid and Awards, First Year Centre and Student Life.



Albert Chen – Desautels Faculty of Music

Angie Y. Liu – Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences

Ariel S. Glikman – Faculty of Science

Avalon S. Kunzig – Faculty of Science

Benjamin F. Gibson – Faculty of Engineering

Braden Ganetsky – Faculty of Engineering

Cameron M. Lucas – Faculty of Engineering

Carly D. Gerl – College of Nursing, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences

Carly N. McFall – Faculty of Arts

Carolyn Dyck – School of Art

Chantal P. Delaquis – Faculty of Arts

Chase T. Kavanagh – School of Art

Cynthia Merlyn James – Faculty of Science

Daniel Gussakovsky – Faculty of Science

Darsh Shah – Faculty of Engineering

Delica S. Leboe-McGowan – Faculty of Science

Emma-Lee R. Gray – Faculty of Science

Eric L. Nazer – Faculty of Engineering

Eric T. Kapilik – Faculty of Engineering

Evan W. Abram – Faculty of Science

Faye Angela M. Nadres – Faculty of Engineering

Fredy H. Mansour – Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences

Gurveen K. Plaha – I.H. Asper School of Business

Hannah B. Byczkowsky – Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management

Hayley N. Yamamoto – I.H. Asper School of Business

Heath A. Chalmers – Faculty of Engineering

Ivory C. Jorgenson – Faculty of Science

Jadon A. Peters – Faculty of Engineering

Jennifer E. Kent – Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management

Joseph K. Howarth – Faculty of Engineering

Joshua Dave S. Lingal – Faculty of Architecture

Kang Min Kim – Extended Education

Kelsey S. Tonn – College of Nursing, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences

Kyle B. Davidson – Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management

Lucas M. Banting – Faculty of Engineering

Maria P. Nallim – Faculty of Arts

Matthew C. Cochrane – Faculty of Science

Morgan R. Hiebert – Faculty of Science

Navjit Singh – Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences

Nicholas C. Blandford – Faculty of Science

Nicole C. Smith – I.H. Asper School of Business

Nicole D. Brekelmans – Faculty of Architecture

Nicole M. Raabe – Faculty of Science

Nina Lam – Faculty of Arts

Olivia Zhou – Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences

Owen Barber-Dueck – Faculty of Science

Payam Salimi – Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences

Pietro S. Cianflone – Faculty of Science

Quinn M. Wonitowy – Faculty of Science

Raquel R. Thiessen – Faculty of Science

Rayna V. Hamilton – Faculty of Science

Ronald S. Kristjanson – Faculty of Engineering

Roopkamal K. Sidhu – Faculty of Science

Rose G. Sanders – Desautels Faculty of Music

Ross F. Bugden – Desautels Faculty of Music

Ryan A. Shaski – Faculty of Science

Samuel N. Greenberg – Faculty of Engineering

Sarah C. Holtmann – I.H. Asper School of Business

Sari G. Glow – Faculty of Science

Sem R. Perez – Faculty of Science

Seth J. Cathers – Faculty of Engineering

Stefanie M. Kornberger – Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, & Resources

Tara M. Meggison – Faculty of Science

Tessa J. Reimer – Faculty of Science

Tobias C. Bajus – Desautels Faculty of Music

Tyler A. Vinet – Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management

Volodymyr Shyianov – Faculty of Engineering

Yashmi N. Wijewardana – Faculty of Science

Yu Yan Li – Faculty of Engineering

Karen M. Sigurdson – Desautels Faculty of Music


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