Angad Manku receives a cheque from former Canucks’ captain Trevor Linden.

Spirit to spare wins scholarship

Surrey student honoured by Trevor Linden for his passion for change.

A Surrey student has risen to the top of a heap of more than 350 applications for a Trevor Linden Community Spirit Scholarship.

Angad Manku, is among just four B.C. recipients of the scholarship, named for the retired professional hockey player and ex-Vancouver Canucks captain.

Manku, who graduated from Tamanawis Secondary this month, was recognized for his high academic standing, as well as volunteering his time to affect positive change in the community.

Having immigrated to Canada just six years ago, Manku has immersed himself in a variety of community projects. At school, he not only founded the Mentorship Program, but helped organize a Christmas dinner for those in need. Outside the classroom, Manku has volunteered at his local temple, at the Surrey Food Bank and is active with the BC Air Cadets.

He also finds time to help out on an international level, as Manku has been key in Tamanawis’ efforts to raise money for clean water initiatives in India and Kenya.

Now that he’s done high school, he intends to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematical physics at UBC.

As well as the $2,500 scholarship, which is to be used toward his post-secondary education, Manku also got to spend the day with Linden as he and the other scholarship winners promoted the scholarship and achievements of recipients.

“It is truly inspirational to see the philanthropic work that students across the province are undertaking both at home and internationally,” Linden said. “We are extremely proud to offer financial support for these remarkable individuals.”

Two students from Vancouver and one from Elkford were the other 2013 scholarship winners. Since its inception in 2008, the Trevor Linden Community Spirit Scholarship has awarded $50,000 to 20 graduating B.C. students.

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