SFU student Amanda Rachmat is benefitting from SFU's Close to Home Scholarship at SFU's Surrey campus.

SFU scholarships help students grow skills ‘Close to Home’

University program has helped nearly 150 students and raised almost $250,000 in funding.

A Simon Fraser University scholarship program that gives qualified high school graduates south of the Fraser the opportunity to take post-secondary studies close to home – at SFU’s Surrey campus – has helped nearly 150 students and raised almost $250,000 in funding.

The Close to Home Entrance Award, established in 2007, is at the heart of SFU’s annual and recently held President’s Gala. The goal of these scholarships is to attract top students while raising awareness of the breadth of programs and degrees that SFU offers in Surrey.

They’ve helped students like Amanda Rachmat, a second-year student of world literature and international studies.

“The Close to Home scholarship meant I could save hours commuting from Surrey to school every day and use my time where I need it most, transitioning to my university studies,” says Rachmat, who is spending a second semester in a co-op term with the Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association.

“It means I can spend time with my family and friends and stay connected to my community.”

Naina Grewal, a 2013 recipient, volunteers as a radio show host at Red 93.1 FM and is also a member of SFU’s student ambassador program. She says SFU is playing a huge role in helping to define her “as a person, a student and someone who is involved in making the community a better and more engaged place.”

Meanwhile alumnus Derek Toth, one of the first Close to Home scholarship recipients, did co-op stints with Cooledge Lighting Inc and Sierra Wireless, before completing his bachelor of applied sciences degree, specializing in mechatronics. Earlier this year he landed a job as a junior mechanical designer at Surrey’s Bycar Engineering Ltd.

Student Trisha Dulku, who is working with the Surrey Youth Engagement Conference and the SFU Surrey TD Community Engagement Centre (CEC), says studying in Surrey is desirable because as the local community continues to evolve, so do promising future opportunities.

“Many of the students who apply are already involved and rooted in their community,” says Dulka, who also works with the CEC’s Racing Readers literacy program at a local elementary school.

“Through the Close to Home scholarships we have the chance to learn new skills that will help ensure that we as young people can become change-makers, wherever the future takes us.”

Steve Dooley, executive director of the SFU Surrey campus, says “the Close to Home Scholarships are designed to do just that, help students to grow their post-secondary experiences right here in their community. And whether they take their newly acquired knowledge back to the community or go further afield to reap success, everyone wins.”

 

 

 

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