Issue: BCMJ, Vol. 55,
page(s) 339 Pulsimeter
The BCMA Scholarship awards three $500 scholarships to children of BCMA members who display outstanding scholastic achievement, remarkable volunteer contributions, and well-rounded extracurricular interests. Winners are selected by BCMA committee members through an anonymous process.
Janine De Klerk
Ms De Klerk attended Meadowridge School in Maple Ridge, and has won many academic awards including the Top Academic Award in 2011 and Maxima Cum Laude every year from 2010 to 2012. She also won Duke of Edinburgh awards in 2010, 2011, and 2013. An aspiring physician, Ms De Klerk will be attending McMaster University this fall. Her volunteer experience includes working with the St. John Ambulance’s Pet Therapy Program at the Willow Senior Living Residence, participating in the Youth Ventures Program in Maple Ridge, and peer tutoring in French and Spanish. Ms De Klerk enjoys extracurricular activities including piano, photography, yearbook club, grad committee, and theatre.
Mr Mitha graduated from Sentinel Secondary School and has been accepted into the Queen’s University Accelerated Route to Medical School. This accelerated program will give him the opportunity to advance to med school after 2 years in the Faculty of Arts and Science and obtain his MD in 6 years instead of 8. Mr Mitha’s academic achievements include being selected to participate in the Oxbridge Summer Program at Oxford University in the summer of 2011, majoring in medical science and minoring in British history. He also won Duke of Edinburgh awards in 2010 and 2011.
Mr Mitha’s extracurricular activities include piano, student council, web design, soccer, and tennis, and he is also a student committee member on the City of West Vancouver Community Web Taskforce. He has volunteered as a fundraising team leader for the World Partnership Walk and as a clinic volunteer for Canadian Blood Services, as well as peer tutoring at his school.
Ryan Yip-Kwan Chow
Mr Chow, another aspiring physician, attended Sentinel Secondary School and has been accepted into the Queen’s University Faculty of Life Science to study biological sciences. His extracurricular activities include competitive swimming and playing jazz trombone, and he has a second-degree black belt in karate. He has worked as a karate instructor, swim instructor, lifeguard, and assistant swim coach for the Hollyburn Hurricanes. Mr Chow’s volunteer work includes a medical volunteer trip to Mongolia, where he assisted with deliveries in the Ulaanbaatar Maternity Hospital.
The BC Medical Journal congratulates all these exceptional students and wishes them the best in their future studies.