Prestigious summer scholarships awarded to students

While many students are beginning to search for summer employment, two Christ The King students have secured their employment thanks to summer research scholarships.

Grade 11 students, Nicole Bilan and Christopher Kowal, will spend six weeks at the University of Alberta as paid research assistants. As part of the Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science and Technology (WISEST) Program, Bilan will be working on an engineering project. Kowal will be working with a heart transplant specialist thanks to the Heritage Youth Research Summer (HYRS) Program. Kowal had to beat out hundreds of applicants to secure one of the highly coveted spots, which are awarded only to 48 exceptional students who have at least an 85% standing in grade 11 math and sciences.

“It is rare to have two students from a school of our size to be accepted into these prestigious programs,” says math and science teacher Karen McMullen. “They are so focused and dedicated. I am so proud of them, I wish I could adopt them,” she jokes.

Kowal is looking forward to being at the University of Alberta this summer. “I get to learn about the research world while getting exposed to the medical profession.” Bilan says that prior to receiving the scholarship, her plan was to apply for a position with a movie theatre in Wetaskiwin. “I want to be a chemical engineer and this experience will give me a better outlook on what engineering has to offer,” she says. As a bonus, Bilan acknowledges that her experience on campus will give her an edge. “I will be able to tell my friends where everything is when we go to university.”