Award Recipients 2021-2022

Scholarships for Children of STA Members

Kyla Flynn

My name is Kyla Flynn, and I am a first-year student at the University of British Columbia from Port Moody. Ever since I was little, my mother has encouraged a love of reading in me. This love of reading soon turned into a passion for writing which I have pursued every opportunity I’ve been afforded.

This love of writing has led me to where I am now—pursuing an Arts degree, prospectively majoring in English Literature.
I am in a writing-immersive first-year program at UBC, and am currently making my way through a long—yet very engaging—booklist. After I obtain my undergraduate degree, I hope to become a journalist, where I can combine my love of writing with my interest in social justice. As a Vietnamese-Canadian, I am incredibly conscious of a lack of asian representation in various forms of media, and hope to help remedy this in my future.

When I am not spending my nights studying at the library, I work part-time at a local bookstore, where I learn teamwork and interpersonal skills. I am also beginning to write for UBC’s newspaper, the Ubyssey, where I am learning about journalism and forming important connections with like-minded individuals. I hope to continue to write for UBC’s student paper, and continue obtaining valuable skills which will help me with my future. I have also joined a social club, where I am learning event-planning and organizational skills.

In my personal time, I love taking care of my plants (I have over 50 houseplants) and enjoy songwriting and playing the piano.
I am incredibly grateful to have received this scholarship. As a commuter student taking a full course load, and working over 20 hours a week in addition to my studies, this scholarship has provided me with a sense of relief, so that I may focus on my schooling, and spend more time with my family. My parents are very proud of me, and I am simply thankful that my efforts have been recognized in this manner. Thank you so very much! Scholarship programs like these are life-changing, and I am honoured to be able to experience its impacts.

Chelsea Hossack

I am so honoured and grateful to have been chosen as the recipient of the STA Scholarship this year. Receiving this scholarship will help me to pay for my schooling so that I can focus on my studies. I have already begun my first semester at SFU and am majoring in Psychology. I am also hoping to get a minor in Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies. Education has always been extremely important to me so receiving this scholarship has made my goals in education possible. While pursuing my studies at SFU I am working as a dance teacher, which is another one of my greatest passions. In the future, I plan on joining my school’s Student Union and also eventually completing my Masters in Psychology. As far as my career plans, I hope to become a counsellor focusing on youth and families. However, I know that psychology can give so many opportunities so I am excited to see where it takes me. Again, I can not thank the committee enough for choosing me as a recipient this year and am so appreciative of your support.

Cherryne Im

First, I’d like to express my utmost appreciation to Surrey’s Teacher Association for this opportunity to help other students, including myself, to pursue schooling and contribute to that journey.

After being faced with personal adversities and experiences, I’ve gained a particular interest in the healthcare and teaching field. For this reason, I currently plan on continuing my studies in the Faculty of Science and Education at Simon Fraser University. Through the experiences to come, I hope to gain new interests and discover more about myself and my abilities. Though I am still undetermined with what exact career to pursue, I feel I have more opportunities now to explore my interests and reflect on how I’d like to aid others.

Knowing that there is still a long way ahead of me, this scholarship means I am another step closer to reaching my goals. And for that, I am sincerely grateful.

Jaden Lee

First of all, I am honoured to be a recipient of the STA Scholarship, and I would like to thank the STA for selecting me and my teachers who have shaped me to be the student I am today.

I am currently studying Interactive Arts and Technology at SFU pursuing a field in design, specifically service design or UI/UX design. I’ve always enjoyed visual arts as I kid, but I was also passionate about technology and how we can use it to better peoples’ lives; knowing all these things, I knew that a field in design technology would be for me. I also plan to still maintain my hobbies such as creating fun animations and working illustrations on the side. This scholarship has made it easier for me to spend more time and money on advancing my career with different online classes and supplies.

Sophie Worsley

Thank you so much to the STA for selecting me as the recipient of this scholarship. I am honoured to have been given this opportunity.

I am currently enrolled in the Science One program at UBC. The money from this scholarship will be going directly towards funding my education, where I will be able to explore my interests in the sciences and pursue a career in education.

Thank you once again for your confidence in my ability and achievements, I will continue to strive to achieve my goals.

Trevor Tong

I am grateful to have been awarded the Surrey Teachers Association Scholarship. I am currently in my first year at UBC in the Kinesiology Program, while also playing for the UBC Junior Varsity Baseball Team. I was lucky enough to have teachers in elementary and high school who have impacted my life to be who I am today. I will use this scholarship to pay for my tuition.  A sincere thank you to all the STA members of the scholarship committee.

Bursaries for Children of STA Members

Rowan Arkell

I’m writing to express my appreciation for being awarded the STA Bursary. I feel very grateful to have received this award, proud of this recognition of my academic achievement, and appreciative of your support of my education.

In September I started my post-secondary education at SFU, and am studying Sustainable Energy Engineering. This program focuses on all aspects of sustainable and renewable energy, studying everything from design principles to the theory behind engineering. I really enjoyed my first term and am looking forward to continuing my studies.

Thank you again for this bursary and the opportunities it affords me. Receiving this bursary has been a great boon to the future of my education, and has shown me the power of community in pursuing education.

Ayushman Raj Sharma

Recipient did not provide a picture or write-up.

Bursaries for Indigenous Students

To be announced in June 2022

Jennifer Wadge Memorial Social Justice Award for Children of STA Members

Van Dayton

Thank you so much for giving me the honor to be the recipient  of the Jennifer Wage Memorial Social Justice Scholarship. Currently, I am about to start my third term at BCIT in the Commercial Pilot Fixed Wing Program, delivered at the BCIT Aerospace and Technology Campus.  My career goal is to complete my Post Secondary Education and embark on a career as a commercial pilot.  This scholarship means a lot to me because it recognizes my hard work with social justice issues with my continued work with refugees in Langley as well as my high school academic successes.  The program I am enrolled in is a very condensed program with a high expense due to using planes and fuel as part of the program.  Over my 18 month program it will cost me upwards of $100,000.  I really appreciate the generous scholarship which goes towards helping pay for this tuition so that I can have my dream career.  Once again, I am truly honored for this scholarship.

Jennifer Wadge Memorial Social Justice Surrey Student Awards

To be announced in June 2022

Award Recipients from Recent Years


Bursary Rena Bains
Bursary Marco Lanfranchi
Bursary Alexander Thornton
Scholarship Simrit Boparai
Scholarship Riya Brar
Scholarship Sophie Campbell
Scholarship Holly Friesen
Scholarship Sunder Singh Bains
Scholarship Jaya Sran
Jennifer Wadge Social Justice Prabhnoor Bagri
Jennifer Wadge Social Justice Shaugnessy McNabb
Jennifer Wadge Social Justice Daya Charchun
Jennifer Wadge Social Justice Tanvi Pandhi
Jennifer Wadge Social Justice Matthew Tran
Indigenous Award Joseph Harasymow


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