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Recipient of the Viola Desmond Black Legends Bursary: ANYA




York University

Field of Study/ Major

Social Work

Please share what the Bursary program has meant for you so far in your post-secondary journey (mentorship, financial aid, career assistance)

Receiving this bursary has empowered me to unleash my full potential in every room I enter. The freedom from financial constraints has not only enabled me to wholeheartedly concentrate on my academic pursuits but has also allowed me to thrive in unexpected areas. The invaluable mentorship I've received has not only nurtured my voice but has also provided me with diverse insights that have enriched both my academic and personal journey through post-secondary education. I am deeply thankful for the transformative impact this program has had on me, and I am eager to contribute to its continued success.

2023 Academic/Personal Highlight

In reflecting on my academic journey in 2023, a standout achievement for me has been consistently maintaining A's and A+'s not only throughout the regular semesters but also during summer school. This accomplishment, coupled with successfully managing the delicate balance between my academic, professional, and personal responsibilities, fills me with a sense of pride. One notable aspect of my extracurricular involvement is serving as the Vice President of Athletics on the council. This role has not only allowed me to contribute to the broader campus community but has also provided a platform for me to channel my passion for sports and leadership. Moreover, I take immense satisfaction in dedicating my time to supporting fellow students, whether through programming initiatives or offering academic assistance. These experiences have not only enriched my own educational journey but have also allowed me to give back to the student community, fostering a sense of connection and mutual growth.

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