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Joyce Foundation Success Awards

The Joyce Foundation is making the dream of post-secondary education a reality.

A donation of $1 million established the Joyce Foundation Success Award and the Joyce Foundation Success Award In Honour of Mike Harris, to support first-year students from Durham Region and Northumberland County attending our university.

Each year, two students are awarded $4,000 bursaries renewable annually over four years based on set criteria.

Students who receive this award achieved a minimum 75 per cent average in their final year of high school, demonstrated financial need, and received a recommendation from their teacher or guidance counsellor. In their first year, our recipients are invited to participate as mentees in the Office of Student Life’s Mentorship program and will be encouraged to act as mentors in subsequent years.

We are excited to announce this year’s recipients!

  • Shabana Azizi of Oshawa
  • Kristin Davidson of Whitby

Shabana Azizi (Biological Science)

A graduate of R.S. McLaughlin Collegiate and Vocational Institute, Shabana exceeds expectations in the classroom and demonstrates creativity, originality and innovation in her work. She is described as an eager and engaged student who takes a lot of pride in all of the tasks she completes.

Kirstin Davidson (Health Physics and Radiation Science)

Kirstin, a graduate of Anderson Collegiate Vocational Institute, has maintained academic excellence while participating in co-curricular activities. Some of those activities include being a member of Anderson’s band, as well as part of the student council. She also supported younger students as a peer tutor for math, science and French throughout her senior year. Kirstin is described as giving, dedicated and an excellent role model.

Past winners include Gemma Tyner (2018), Rebecca Mosaad (2018), David Cucuteanu (2018) Dawson Fraser (2017), Quinlan Palmer (2017), Kurtis Collins (2016), and Lorena Diaz (2016). As an institution, we thank the Joyce Foundation for their generous donation that has made these awards and student aspirations possible.

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