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Erin Funnell-Kononuk, third-year Social Work student and Trent student experience ambassador

With an unexpected illness, Erin Funnell-Kononuk was dealing with more than just the usual pressures when starting at Trent University. Thanks to the amazing supports at Trent – including the mental-health nurse program and Student Accessibility Services - Ms. Funnell-Kononuk got the help she needed to not only stay in university, but also flourish here.

Student Accessibility Services and the mental-health nurse program, both donor-supported initiatives, ensured Ms. Funnell-Kononuk could bring medication, liquids, and food to exams, while also providing access to notes and learning devices to help in case her symptoms flared up.

Now in her third year, Ms. Funnell-Kononuk is excelling in her studies, while working two jobs on campus. She also recently had a short story published in this year’s student-run Chickenscratch anthology. Outside of the classroom, she has completed two certificates for her Metapsychology practice.

 

Student Spotlights

Feiyur Wang's Lecture on Chemical Contamination in the Arctic

 

Luke Meloche, ASMPA mEDICAL PROFESSIONAL STREAM 

Prestigious Board of Governors’ Scholarship Awarded to Volunteer Extraordinaire Luke Meloche’s inspiring front-line experience and well-rounded education reflect Trent’s commitment toward rewarding futures in medical fields.

Feiyur Wang's Lecture on Chemical Contamination in the Arctic

 

RAIZA RIVERA, M.A. ANTHROPOLOGY 

 "I hope one day to become a University Professor. I would like to share my enthusiasm for Archaeology and find a way to help improve the situation of archaeological research in my home country. One day, I will also create a fund that assists students who want to pursue higher education but are unable to afford it."

Barbara j Finlayson-Pitts lecture on air pollution and more

 

aNTOINE MOUNTAIN, PH.D INDIGENOUS STUDIES

 "My academic background includes being a survivor of residential school up to high school, which I completed in the Spring of 1969. I am now halfway through an Indigenous PhD Studies at Trent, which I hope to complete in the Fall of 2019. My research topic is the Dene community, it explores ways to strengthen the Dene youth and their identity."

jeremy with site

 

Jeremy Brooks, M.A. ARCHAEOLOGY

"Your generous donation has helped support me in my studies, and alleviate costs for my upcoming field work in Bulgaria for this summer. This experience is vital for my PhD applications, and will help prepare me for field work in my future career as a Professor of Archaeology"

Alex cross armed, smiling

 

aLEXANDRA ha, m.a. psychology

 “This bursary is not only an enormous monetary support for my education but also a symbolic reward of my personal development. My journey in becoming a dedicated graduate student has evolved through my many hardships and accomplishments. Now, I am proud to say that I am finishing up my Master’s degree in Psychology, in which I study emotional intelligence.”

celine on knees smiling with friends, wearing green shirt

 

Celine Vukson, PhD INDIGENOUS STUDIES

“Trent gave me an opportunity to connect with my Tlicho elders and community for the orchestra collaboration. This Award has allowed me to experience new opportunities without worrying about my tuition fees. Mahsicho means “thank you very much”. Mahsicho for supporting me in my language and culture adventure, as this is a timely component for my PhD Indigenous Studies research on traditional Tlicho stories. It was very meaningful for our stories to be told and heard so far from home.”

Barbara j Finlayson-Pitts lecture on air pollution and more

 

hEIDI bURNS, gRADUATE sTUDENT

"Graduate school is more challenging than I anticipated especially as a single mom with two young children. Thanks to the support of the Alan Wilson Graduate Scholarship it has been considerably easier."

Dayton rowing, wearing a green uniform

 

dAYTON KELLY, B.SC BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE

“With the money I received from this scholarship, I will pay to partake in a special course for students preparing to write their MCAT exam. I hope my email finds you in good health and puts a smile on your face knowing your husband’s memory has put one on mine. I intend on making your investment in my studies a worthwhile one and promise to do my utmost to be the best physician I can be.”

selfie of taylor with a maroon shirt

 

Taylor urquhart, b.sc.f.s. forensic science

“I don't come from a particularly well-off family, so this bursary significantly helps me out financially. I'm really enjoying my studies at Trent so far, although I'm not entirely sure what I plan to do with my degree come fourth year. Although I haven’t decided my specialization in Forensics yet, I look forward to going over the many options that are available!”

Selfie of Charlie, with a jean jacket

 

Charlie Lawson-Lee

B.E.S.S ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE/STUDIES

"It's hard to do amazing things like travel and study abroad when you're a student; and your aid has brought me immense help, appreciation, and the ability to follow my ambitions. I hope that my appreciation of your kindness goes a long way, and you have satisfaction in realizing your contribution to my academic career has allowed me to achieve my dream.” 

Destiny with her son, posing with pumpkins

 

Destiny Freeman, B.A. Psychology

"I wanted to thank donors for their generosity. I am a psychology major and I am also taking the emphasis in law and policy. I am a single mother and work part time. This bursary has helped me tremendously, and I couldn't be more grateful." 

Selfie of Farid

 

Farid qamar, msc candidate astrophysics

"I am in my second year of my MSc in Astrophysics and my research is mainly in the area of Observational Extragalactic Cosmology, specifically I look at interactions between galaxies in different environmental densities.  By awarding me the Slavin Research Scholarship in Physics and Astronomy, you have helped relieve some of my financial burden and allowed me to concentrate more on my research.  Your generosity has made a real difference to me. Thank you."


Selfie of Hadeel

 

HADEEL BARAKA

M.SC. APPLIED MODELLING AND QUANTITATIVE METHODS

“This bursary is not only an enormous monetary support for my education but also a symbolic reward of my personal development. My journey in becoming a dedicated graduate student has evolved through my many hardships and accomplishments. Now, I am proud to say that I am finishing up my Master’s degree in Psychology, in which I study emotional intelligence.”

 

 

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