Prerana Gambhir

Essay earns student a stint overseas

Surrey teen one of 10 Canadians chosen for 'Global Citizen' scholarship.

Prerana Gambhir has won a scholarship that means the world to her – literally.

The Fraser Heights Secondary student is taking an inspirational journey across the globe next year after winning the 2014 Global Citizenship Scholarship from educational tour company EF Tours.

Gambhir is one of 10 Canadian students chosen for the adventure based on her winning essay on how to be an extraordinary person.

“One of my most notable strengths is challenging the status quo and pushing the envelope every day,” she noted in her essay.

Students were asked to demonstrate their leadership, passion for other cultures and commitment to change. Gambhir detailed her experiences overcoming the challenges of being a new immigrant and being inspired by her school’s participation in We Day. She’s a member of her school’s Free the Children component and leader of its Global Issues Club.

Gambhir’s teachers nominated her to attend the Encounters with Canada program in Ottawa to meet Canadian youth from across the country and participate in a myriad of activities, attend workshops and seminars and share the experiences and perspectives of other Canadians.

On top of that, she has also been accepted into the summer school Da Vinci Engineering Enrichment Program (DEEP) to study aeronautics.

As a winner of the 2014 Global Citizen Scholarship, Gambhir will travel to London for the We Day UK celebrations on March 7 before immersing herself in the culture of London, Munich and Berlin during a global educational tour. Scholarship winners will remain in Berlin for the Science and Innovation Summit on March 14.

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