Photo posted to

Photo posted to


Eight Surrey students among 170 Horatio Alger scholarship winners in Canada

‘Need-based scholarships’ given to high school students

Eight Surrey-area students are among 2021 winners of post-secondary scholarships from Horatio Alger Association of Canada.

In total this year, the charitable organization will give 170 “need-based scholarships” to high school students who have overcome adversity and are seeking a university education.

The winners include 10 recipients of the $10,000 Horatio Alger National Entrepreneurial Scholarships, awarded to students who demonstrate a desire and ability to be entrepreneurial in a chosen field, and 160 Horatio Alger Canadian Scholarships valued at $5,000 each.

The Surrey-area recipients this year include Mishael Abu-Samhan, a Queen Elizabeth Secondary student who won a National Entrepreneurial Scholarship. There are also seven Canadian Scholarship winners, including Jae Hee Hong (Fraser Heights Secondary), Judi Maalouf (North Surrey Secondary), Kajal Mishra (Princess Margaret), Jamie Steeves (Frank Hurt), Kelly Tang (Fraser Heights), Yueran Tie (Fleetwood Park) and Angelina Wu (Fleetwood Park).

The full list of scholarship winners is posted to

(Story continues below)


PICTURED: Mishael Abu-Samhan

Entrepreneurial Scholarship winner Mishael Abu-Samhan, 17, will attend either UBC or SFU next year.

“I’ve been accepted by both schools, but I’m still weighing the pros and cons of each,” Mishael told the Now-Leader. “That said, my tentative plan is to earn a B.A in Political Science, followed by a J.D in Criminal Law.”

Horatio Alger scholarships are awarded annually to “deserving high school students in financial need who have overcome significant adversity while demonstrating strength of character, strong academics, a commitment to pursuing higher education as well as a desire to contribute to society.”

It’s all a “dream come true” for Mishael.

“When I was filling out the application, I was really only gunning for the $5,000 Canadian Scholarship, but winning the National Entrepaneurial one has been a blessing in every sense of the word,” said Mishael, who immigrated with his familiy to Canada from Amman, Jordan in 2005.

“So far, this is the only scholarship I have earned,” he added. “I also received distinction as a semi-finalist for the Loran scholarship, but I didn’t win any money for that one. In terms of applying for more, that’s constantly on my mind. Currently, I have applied to roughly 15 scholarships, but my goal is to finish the year with 30 applications.”

Of note, Horatio Alger, Jr., was a prolific author in the 19th and early 20th centuries “whose books inspired readers to work hard and persevere through adversity,” according to a website post. “Alger’s books – 128 in all – recount how a ‘can-do spirit’ and individual initiative can allow anyone to achieve their dreams, regardless of circumstances.”

Like us on Facebook Follow us on Instagram and follow Tom on Twitter


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

B.C. Finance Minister Selina Robinson outlines the province’s three-year budget in Victoria, April 20, 2021. (B.C. government video)
B.C. deficit to grow by $19 billion for COVID-19 recovery spending

Pandemic-year deficit $5 billion lower than forecast

Chief Constable Norm Lipinski, Surrey Police Service. (Submitted photo)
Surrey Police Service to begin public consultation late June, early July

Community input, chief constable says, ‘will occur’

Surrey RCMP reunited three stolen puppies with their mom. (RCMP handout)
Puppies stolen from South Surrey home located, reunited with mom

Surrey RCMP said they found the stolen puppies on April 16

Mak Parhar speaks at an anti-mask rally outside the Vancouver Art Gallery on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020. Parhar was arrested on Nov. 2 and charged with allegedly violating the Quarantine Act after returning from a Flat Earth conference held in Geenville, South Carolina on Oct. 24. (Flat Earth Focker/ screenshot)
Judge tosses lawsuit of B.C. COVID-denier who broke quarantine after Flat Earth conference

Mak Parhar accused gov, police of trespass, malfeasance, extortion, terrorism, kidnapping and fraud

FILE – NDP Leader John Horgan, right, and local candidate Mike Farnworth greet one another with an elbow bump during a campaign stop in Coquitlam, B.C., on Friday, September 25, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. won’t be using random individual road stops to enforce travel rules: Safety Minister

Minister Mike Farnworth says travel checks only being considered at major highway junctions, ferry ports

A man pauses at a coffin after carrying it during a memorial march to remember victims of overdose deaths in Vancouver. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. announces historic half-billion-dollar funding for overdose crisis, mental health

Of it, $152 million will be used to address the opioid crisis and see the creation of 195 new substance use treatment beds

Children’s backpacks and shoes are seen at a CEFA (Core Education and Fine Arts) Early Learning daycare franchise, in Langley, B.C., on Tuesday May 29, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. budget to expand $10-a-day child care, but misses the mark on ‘truly universal’ system

$111 million will be used to fund 3,750 new $10-a-day spaces though 75 additional ChildCareBC universal prototype sites over the next three years.

John Wekking, Merritt Road Report - Facebook
 Coquihalla Road Report
Wildfire sparks off Coquihalla in Merritt

The wildfire is located near the Dollarama off of Highway 5

Ambulance paramedic in full protective gear works outside Lion’s Gate Hospital, March 23, 2020. Hospitals are seeing record numbers of COVID-19 patients more than a year into the pandemic. (The Canadian Press)
B.C.’s COVID-19 infection rate declines, 849 cases Tuesday

Up to 456 people now in hospital, 148 in intensive care

Christy Clark, who was premier from 2011 to 2017, is the first of several present and past politicians to appear this month before the Cullen Commission, which is investigating the causes and impact of B.C.’s money-laundering problem over the past decade. (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press)
Christy Clark says she first learned of money-laundering spike in 2015

The former B.C. premier testified Tuesday she was concerned the problem was ‘apparently at an all-time high’

Most Read