2016/2017 Scholarship Recipients

Meet the 2016/2017 recipients of the RBC Students Leading Change Scholarship! These 15 young change makers were awarded $10,000 towards their post-secondary education in recognition of their passion to lead and inspire positive change in their communities. The Students Leading Change Scholarship is a part of the larger RBC Future Launch initiative, aimed at helping remove barriers and providing access for young people to learn skills, gain valuable work experience, share knowledge and build resilience for the future of work

Category 1

Graduating High School or CEGEP

Category 2

Undergraduate or Graduate Degree or Diploma

Anthony De Clara

Hamilton, Ontario

Anthony believes in creating positive change by promoting the universal language of classical music. He has volunteered with his local youth orchestra at retirement and nursing homes to bring music to his community through concerts. By pursuing a degree in Music at the University of Ottawa in the fall, Anthony hopes to promote equality and unity through music in his community and the world.

Emma Fields

Coquitlam, British Columbia

Emma has a special passion for spoken word poetry which she believes helps people to not only share their personal experiences but sheds light on social and political issues. She has worked tirelessly to intiate school clubs and facilitate spaces in her community and school for writing and performing poetry. Emma will be pursuing a major in Biology at the University of Victoria in the fall.

Kofi Agyeman

Toronto, Ontario

Kofi has participated in the Model United Nations Team , Safe Schools Action Team ,W.A.V.E.(Working-Against-Violence-Everyday), and Youth Action Team; proving his commitment to improving the lives of youth. He believes that these contributions will show youth the importance of education and leadership over violence and crime in his community. Kofi will attending Laurentian University in the fall to pursue further studies in Kinesiology.

Megan Christensen

Abbotsford, British Columbia

Megan has worked to integrate students with developmental disabilities in her community. She has led several initiatives in her school and has been part of organizations such as Special Olympics, Challenger Football etc., to support this cause. She will be pursuing Criminal Justice as her major at the University of Fraser Valley this year.

Kathy Nodzynski

Pierrefonds, Quebec

Kathy believes that books have the power to change a community. She has successfully initiated the "DAER project" in her community to enable sending used books to rural communities in India in the hope of encouraging literacy. Kathy will be attending McGill University to pursue studies in Physical Therapy in the fall.

Emma Landry

Elmsdale, Nova Scotia

Emma is passionate about educating the community on rights for the LGBTQ+ community. She is a member of the Gender Sexuality Alliance in her school and hopes to create an environment where everyone, regardless of their sexual orientation, feels safe and accepted. Emma will pursuing BSc. in Computing at Queen’s University this fall.

Caterina Fusco

Port Coquitlam, British Columbia

Caterina is involved in outreach for high-risk youth in her community. She currently works with organizations like the "Yo Bro Yo Girl Youth" Initiative to keep high-risk youth away from drugs and violence, and reconnect them to their schools and communities. Caterina will be pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in the University of British Columbia in the fall.

Tegan Aguinaga

Upper Tantallon, Nova Scotia

Tegan will be starting her Engineering degree at the University of New Brunswick in the fall. She is actively involved in the resettlement of Syrian refugees through organizations in her community. She believes that helping and reintegrating these families will not only help them re-build their lives but have a positive impact on the community they live in.

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