3 former Surrey students awarded $30,000 Cmolik scholarships – Surrey Now-Leader
Three Surrey alumni have each received $30,000 scholarships from the Cmolik Foundation, according to the school district.
Frank Hurt High School graduates Chadni Khondoker and Alissa Hewton and Elgin Park High School graduate Rachel McLellan-Carich were recently awarded scholarships to pursue higher education in their fields of study, according to a statement from the Surrey School District.
Khondoker, according to the district, is an award-winning graduate of the University of British Columbia’s Bachelor of Science program with honors, pursuing an MD as part of a “passion for health advocacy in order to empower vulnerable populations, remove barriers to health and build communities”.
The district notes that she is involved in research on women’s reproductive health as well as in leadership roles with various community organizations.
“The past few years have challenged me to think critically about the problems that exist in my community and, more importantly, how I plan to be part of the solutions,” Khondoker said in a statement. “A medical degree will allow me to keep my community healthy by removing barriers to health, reducing suffering and promoting well-being.”
In the meantime, the district says Hewton plans to complete her master of science degree in speech-language pathology, with the goal of earning a doctorate.
“I plan to continue with the doctorate. studies in hopes of creating more research opportunities and opportunities to open more graduate programs at more universities in Canada,” said Hewton, a recent Simon Fraser University graduate who holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Linguistics and a Certificate in Speech Science.
For McLellan-Carich, she plans to continue her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a Master of Science in Pharmacology from UBC.
The district says McLellan-Carich wants to study “the impact of neuropharmacology, epidemiology, and patient safety in vulnerable populations to improve patient quality of life.”
“She is also passionate about understanding the neuroscience of resilience and how a person’s unique genetic makeup influences an individual’s response to medications and treatments.”