Two Peel students will receive the CFUW Mississauga University Entrance Award for their high levels of academic achievement, involvement in school activities and extensive community service. Glenforest Secondary School student, Megan Park and Port Credit Secondary School student, Amanda Bilinsky were selected by the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) to receive this prestigious award in the amount of a $3,000 scholarship.
"This award has made a very big difference in my life and helped me to head one step closer in focusing on the most important aspect of school, which is learning. It also gave me a lot of hope and motivation for my future," says Park. "I hope to inspire in other students that we can all achieve what we would like through hard work and perseverance."
Park is also the recipient of the Herbert H. Carnegie Future Aces National Citizenship Award for exhibiting exemplary citizenship qualities in her community through extensive community service, volunteerism and humanitarian causes.
"I feel very honoured to receive this award. I hope I can inspire others to be more involved in their community and go beyond the 40 hours of volunteer work required for graduation," says Bilinsky. "It's extremely rewarding to get the opportunity to help teach the youth skills they don't learn elsewhere because these memories are the ones that they carry with them."
Throughout high school, Bilinsky has been actively involved in giving back to the community. In the past couple years, she has been a part of Girl Guides of Canada teaching young girls about the importance of giving back to the community, equality, education and female empowerment.
CFUW is an organization of women university graduates with both national and international affiliations. The CFUW club members raise and disburse funds annually for scholarships to promote university education for young women.