My name is Riley and I am one of the fortunate recipients of the CIBC Youthvision Scholarship. Now that I am continuing into my fifth year at the University of Victoria, I wanted to personally thank you for the variety of opportunities that this scholarship has provided for me.
The CIBC Youthvision Scholarship allowed me to attend the University of Victoria, which I could not be more grateful for. It has truly been a wonderful experience. In my first year, I was able to live in residence where I made lasting friendships and strong connections with the Community Leaders (CL). In the year following, I was able to assumed a leadership role as a CL within the residence community. As a CL, I was responsible for a building a community within residence for first year students as well as to support the residents with any issues that may arise to ensure that their first year at Uvic goes as smoothly as possible. Then during my third and fourth years I became involved with Students Offering Support. Students Offering Support is a student lead nonprofit organization that provides lecture styled review sessions before midterms and final exams. The money raised in the review sessions would then go towards education development projects in Latin America. My studies at Uvic have endowed me with a very stimulating academic experience. I had the privilege to study under a multitude of inspirational professors, all of whom have expanded both my love and my knowledge of mathematics. As I am finishing my final year, I am considering to purse further studies at the graduate level.
I also wish to thank you for the YMCA Youthvision Summer Internship Program, which proved to be a very reward experience for me. The summer internships provided me with the chance to see how the non-profit sector functions while I gained invaluable skills ranging from database management to fundraising and event planning. 1 am so grateful for the opportunity that I had to work with variety of different non-profit organizations including: The Little Mountain Neighbourhood House, The YMCA, The Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver, and The United Way.
Once again, I would like to thank you for your kindness and generosity. The CIBC Youthvision Scholarship lightened my financial burden and allowed me to focus on my studies. I shall always be most grateful for your support.