Award Recipients 2020-2021

Scholarships for Children of STA Members

Simrit Boparai

I am extremely grateful to STA for selecting me as the recipient of this scholarship.

I am currently pursuing Engineering at UBC, hoping to specialize in the Biomedical stream. I have been passionate about physics and biology since witnessing the 3D printing of prosthetics and my teachers at Panorama Ridge enhanced my love for the sciences. This has also led me to volunteer with the Surrey Memorial Hospital and UBC Geering Up club where I was able to share my fascination with like-minded people.

Thank you again for awarding me this scholarship so that I can work towards my goal of one day being at the forefront of healthcare technology developments.

Riya Brar

My name is Riya Brar and I graduated from Terry Fox Secondary School. First and foremost, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the STA for awarding me with this scholarship. I am in my first year of studies at Simon Fraser University’s Beedie School of Business. The STA’s financial award will be going directly to my tuition, and coupled with my part-time job as shift leader at a local small business, will help me in the pursuit of my goals. This year I have had much time to reflect on my future goals. I want to be in a position to financially help others because this makes me the happiest. Last December, my two friends and I raised funds for charity by learning how to make hair scrunchies. We sold at our school prior to the lockdown and then continued our sales on social media. We chose to donate all the money we received from selling scrunchies to Black Lives Matter Vancouver and our local food bank. The success of our endeavor has strengthened my belief and determination to make a difference in this world. Furthermore, this initiative has influenced my program choice for undergraduate studies. Ultimately, I wish to utilize my business skills to start an online business and donate all profits I make to select charities.

After obtaining my Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree, I wish to further channel my passion for learning to pursue a graduate degree in Law. My decision was influenced by a combination of factors; I excelled in Law 12 as a result of my genuine interest in the subject area and I have always had an innate desire to help others. Experiencing first hand the struggle some members in my close circle of friends and my family have faced, I am most interested in family law. My plans are ambitious, but I am up for the challenge and I thank you once again for this scholarship which will help me in the pursuit of my education and my goals.

Sophie Campbell

Thank you so much for awarding me the 2020 Surrey Teacher’s Association Academic Scholarship. I have almost completed my first semester at the University of British Columbia- Okanagan and have returned from residence after finishing the first phase of my varsity soccer season. I am currently in the Human Kinetics program with the ultimate goal of a career in the healthcare industry. Being awarded this scholarship has made it easier for me to afford schooling and residence and allows me to focus on my academic and soccer goals while continuing to volunteer at the Central Okanagan Community Food Bank.

Holly Friesen

I am sincerely honoured to have been selected as the 2020 Surrey Teacher Association Scholar. I am currently working towards my Associate Diploma in Sciences and I am planning to transfer a joint program through BCIT and UBC Sciences. Receiving this scholarship motives me to continue to strive in my studies. I look forward to be able to give back to my community once I begin my career. I thank you for your confidence in my abilities, I am determined to achieve my goals.

Sunder Singh Bains

Recipient did not provide a picture or write-up.

Jaya Sran

Recipient did not provide a picture or write-up.

Bursaries for Children of STA Members

Rena Bains

I am so thankful and pleased to have received the STA bursary for $2000.  This will be a tremendous help with my upcoming tuition costs as I word towards my Bachelor’s of Education degree.  I’m currently finishing my first semester at Simon Fraser University.  I have 9 semesters to go!  While attending Simon Fraser University I have secured a p/t job working at Aldo. I have also been volunteering at Surrey Memorial Hospital while attending school and working. I will be using this bursary, as well as:  a $500 firefighters bursary, $1250 Enver Creek Fine Arts Scholarship and $2500 Dianne Watts Legacy Scholarship to help pay for my 5 year degree.  This bursary is so helpful as I struggled finding employment during the summer which I needed to earn money to help pay my tuition.  I hope to finish my degree when I am 23 and hopefully start working as a teacher in Surrey.

Marco Lanfranchi

My name is Marco Lanfranchi and I am a recipient of the 2020 STA Bursary. I am very grateful for this award and am happy to share my academic plans with you.

This fall, I started my first year at UBC in the faculty of Arts. Before applying for university, I knew that I wanted to study economics and pursue a career in that field. Now, approaching the end of my first semester, I have found myself with many additional interests, such as computer science, after enjoying and learning plenty from my classes. Although most students, including myself, are not able to attend on-campus lectures due to the pandemic it has been extremely helpful to connect with my peers online, help each other with work and discuss future academic plans. After next year, I am hoping to major in either economics or computer science in pursuit of a career in which I can enjoy and have room for growth.

Being awarded the STA Bursary is greatly appreciated; university education holds many costs and while working part-time, this Bursary provides me with great relief. Not only does it help with my expenses, but it comes at a time that has clearly been hard for everyone, and for that, I sincerely thank the STA.

Alexander Thornton

Recipient did not provide a picture or write-up.

Bursaries for Indigenous Students

Joseph Harasymow

I am the oldest of four siblings, living with my mother and grandmother in Surrey. While my mother has been saving an RESP for my siblings and me’s university fund, my portion is not nearly enough to pay for the extensive university fees. I keep my personal investments in the stock market, but even after liquidating my entire portfolio, It would still not be enough to cover the costs. This scholarship will provide me with the much-needed financial relief that allows me to freely pursue my academic desires without the stress of taking a student loan or having to choose a more affordable institution. Last school year, I attended the High school on-campus program by KPU. I enrolled in Marketing, and The Fundamentals of Candian business, achieving A’s in both. This was extremely beneficial for me and helped me develop my business and academic prowess as well as get a taste of University coursework.  After taking these, I made the decision that business and a BBA were right for me. My goal is to enter into the Strategic analysis stream, with the hopes of attaining a co-op through SFU, and eventually entering the workforce as a business consultant.

Jennifer Wadge Memorial Social Justice Award for Children of STA Members

Prabhnoor Bagri

Recipient did not provide a picture or write-up.

Shaugnessy McNabb

I am honoured to have won this scholarship for recognition of my various social justice pursuits. I value speaking up for marginalized groups, and advocating for various social justice issues. I will continue to use the immense privilege I have been granted with in this life to speak up for people who haven’t had it so easy. I Plan to eventually pursue a career in teaching, because I believe I have a gentle and engaging approach that a lot of youth would appreciate.

Jennifer Wadge Memorial Social Justice Surrey Student Awards

Daya Charchun

I plan on attending the University of Toronto to study social sciences in the fall. I am eager to explore a new province! I hope to join clubs that will help impact the world and create sustainable change. This scholarship means a lot to me since I have been a part of the social justice world since grade 6, I am so honoured to be awarded this scholarship. Social justice means action and community to me, this is what I strive to implement into all the work I do. I will continue to amplify and advocate for people who need their voices heard. Thank you for this scholarship!

Tanvi Pandhi

This fall I’ll be attending the University of British Columbia and pursuing bachelor’s of Kinesiology. Afterwards, I’d like to apply to medical school and specialize in becoming a sports physician. Being granted this scholarship has put some of my family’s worries at rest. It has surely lifted a weight off their shoulders. As I move forward, I will always look for ways to fight for justice, and speak up against any inequalities I see around myself in my community just like Jennifer Wadge.

Matthew Tran

I plan to attend Queen’s University this fall and pursue a Bachelor’s of Commerce (Honours), and potentially adding a certificate of Social Impact to that degree to continue to commit to achieving social justice. I am excited to join and hopefully lead clubs with my diversity and community outreach values always in mind. Hopefully, one day end up working for the Vancouver Canucks or National Hockey League with their marketing department, where I hope to incorporate my values into the game of hockey to strive for impact. Being awarded this scholarship is an award I do not take lightly, as leading with social justice is highly vital in this day and age. As a scholar, I will commit to continue to do so, which hopefully motivates other young leaders and creates a positive domino effect. Thank you for this scholarship!

Award Recipients from Recent Years


Bursary Christian Richardson
Bursary Hannah Christine Milic
Bursary Sarah Buckingham
Bursary Kymber Maxfield
Bursary Conall Sexton
Bursary Madeleine Richardson
Scholarship Haley June Biggin
Scholarship Rachel Smith
Scholarship Mackenzie Sturn
Scholarship Wyatt William Schnare
Scholarship Caitlyn Wakelin
Scholarship Lucy Sera Fournier
Jennifer Wadge Social Justice Kira Anne Szewczyk
Jennifer Wadge Social Justice Brady Lumsden
Jennifer Wadge Social Justice Victoria Baek
Jennifer Wadge Social Justice Adelaide Fuller
Jennifer Wadge Social Justice Zainab Osman
Jennifer Wadge Social Justice Jennifer Tsai
Indigenous Award Cassandra Jacobson
Indigenous Award Emma Pflanz


Bursary Stephanie Kamimura
Bursary Jenessa Neidig
Bursary Isabelle Romas
Bursary Emma Thornton
Scholarship Jenna Aldus
Scholarship Tristan Campbell
Scholarship Spencer Harris
Scholarship Kennedy Hoven
Scholarship Jenna Stea
Scholarship David Ward
Jennifer Wadge Social Justice Jonah Lee
Jennifer Wadge Social Justice Cassandra Mayhew
Jennifer Wadge Social Justice Harsimran Bindra
Jennifer Wadge Social Justice Nicole David
Jennifer Wadge Social Justice Justin Miki


Bursary Tamara Yoshida
Bursary Liam MacKay
Bursary Greg Moore
Bursary Christopher Sarrazin
Bursary Tanner Wick
Bursary Paul Buckingham
Scholarship Sammi Anderson
Scholarship Dawson Langton
Scholarship Madeleine Wasmuth
Scholarship Eric Grant
Scholarship Amira Brar
Scholarship Virginia Nikkel
Jennifer Wadge Social Justice Charlotte Huey
Jennifer Wadge Social Justice Erin Kroi
Jennifer Wadge Social Justice Praise Osifo
Jennifer Wadge Social Justice Nicole David
Jennifer Wadge Social Justice Justin Miki


Bursary Samantha Moore
Bursary Myles Gordon Venn
Bursary Jansen Crossley
Bursary Jackson Silvester-Lee
Bursary Joshua Heieis
Scholarship Emily Johnston
Scholarship Taylor Anne Madison Mackie
Scholarship Adrien Rebselj
Scholarship Kate Yahn
Scholarship Michael Smith
Scholarship Andrew Martin
Jennifer Wadge Social Justice Tahira Remtulla
Jennifer Wadge Social Justice Nipuni Amaratunga
Jennifer Wadge Social Justice Armandeep Manak
Jennifer Wadge Social Justice Pallvi Sehijpaul