Dr. Paul Wu, Scholarship Committee Chair of the Halton Region Chinese Canadian Association (HRCCA), announced this year’s HRCCA scholarship awards.
Winner of the $2,000 scholarship went to Yihang Qin (秦铱航) from Abbey Park High School in Oakville. Because of the caliber of applicants this year, a special award of $1,000 has been given to Sarah Rana of the White Oaks Secondary School in Oakville.
Yihang Qin (秦铱航)
Yihang has main hobbies of athletics and music had originally came from ShenZhen, China with his family. For his love of STEM, he had taken part in Science Association, Math Society, and was victorious in the Halton Region Group Math Contest, and had volunteered as a teaching assistant in a Mandarin Immersion summer camp. He had achieved the highest mark in classes including Grade 12 Biology, Advanced Functions, Grade 12 Physics and level 5 on the AP Biology and Calculus BC exams. With continuous self-study and hard work, he earned a first place finish at a health science competition in Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) Canada. He had chosen Western University is his post-secondary education and will be studying Medical Sciences starting in 2018.
As a passionate student who is involved within her community at a local and international level, Sarah has been a highly accomplished competitor debater and avid coach in the community. Notably she has coached as an assistant trainer at the 2017 HKPDS Summer Tournament in Hong Kong and as a debater, she has traveled to schools such as McGill, Cornell, and Harvard. In 2017 she was the Cornell International World Schools Debate Champion. Furthermore, Sarah has promoted Chinese and Canadian culture by embarking on an international trade mission to China to improve bilateral relations between both countries and encourage mutual investment. As a student advocate, Sarah is a team researcher for Dr. Elizabeth McGregor and has presented her findings at Parliament Hill before dozens of prominent organizations and Canadian politicians.
Sarah is starting at University of Toronto where she will pursue commerce and international relations.
About the HRCCA Scholarship
The Scholarship program was established to recognize students who have demonstrated leadership and/or involvement in the promotion and integration of Chinese culture in the community, have achieved good standings in Halton secondary schools and to assist candidates who are in financial need.
Donations toward the HRCCA Scholarship can be made through Canada Helps via the Oakville Community Foundation. Click on the Canada Helps logo below and select HRCCA Scholarship Endowment Fund under the “Apply your donation to a specific fund” tab, thank you.
Previous Award Recipients
- 2017 Award — Jenny Hu from White Oaks Secondary School and Anna He from Robert Bateman High School
- 2016 Award* – Alvin Leung from Iroquois Ridge High School
- 2015 Award — Leah Wei from Nelson High School and Catherine Zeng from Robert Bateman High School [Press Release]
- 2014 Award — Linda Fei of Abbey Park High School [Press Release]
- 2014 Award in Memory of Chiu Tam Mo-Wan — Kelly Kong of White Oaks Secondary School [Press Release]
- 2013 Award in Memory of Lily Chan — Emily Zixin Wang, Aldershot High School [Press Release]
- 2012 — Ida Yun Zhen Ji, Aldershot High School [Press Release]
- 2011 Award in Memory of Lily Chan — Jing Guo, Aldershot High School [Press Release]
- 2010 — Andrew Wong [Press Release]
- 2009 — Jessica Wang, Nelson High School
- 2008 Award In Memory of Chan Po Sheung — Bonita Tsai, Burlington Central High School
- 2007 Award In Memory of Chan Po Sheung — Sarah Xu, Robert Bateman High School
* Alvin decided to pursue university in Hong Kong, which had disqualified him from receiving the scholarship; but HRCCA had nevertheless issued a special award for him as a reward for his achievements. From 2017 onward, HRCCA did expand eligibility for winner as long as he/she attends an accredited post-secondary educational institution.