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Circle of Scholars scholarships celebrate best and brightest U of R first-year students

By University Advancement and Communications Posted: October 29, 2020 10:00 a.m.

Since 2011, 97 undergraduate students have been recognized by the Circle of Scholars. The U of R’s signature entrance scholarship is presented to the top performing high school graduate from different regions across Canada and around the world.
Since 2011, 97 undergraduate students have been recognized by the Circle of Scholars. The U of R’s signature entrance scholarship is presented to the top performing high school graduate from different regions across Canada and around the world. Photo: UAC

The University of Regina has welcomed some of the best and brightest first-year students into one of its most prestigious programs.

The Circle of Scholars is the U of R’s signature automatic entrance scholarship, presented annually to the top-performing high school graduate from 10 regions across Canada and three regions from around the world who have chosen to study at the U of R.

Each scholarship is worth up to $20,000; $5,000 in the first year of studies, and renewable for three additional years based on the student maintaining excellent academic standing. For the 2020-21 academic year, 35 U of R undergraduate students received Circle of Scholars scholarships.

2020 Circle of Scholars Scholarship Recipients:

  • Luke Anderson
  • Adria Bateman*
  • Annaliese Beck-McKenzie
  • Allison Bennett
  • Lauren Brandle
  • Celina Earl
  • Vania Escarrega Valenzuela*
  • Jessica Gaudet
  • Grace Geradts
  • Jessica Goebel
  • Billy Graham Odero
  • Mackenzie Holman
  • Rafat Hossen*
  • Pelumi Johnson
  • Ashley Kanyatte
  • Kallin Kehrig
  • Morgan Kilgour*
  • Ashlyn Kirk
  • Nikhil Kumar
  • Jenna Meili
  • Stacey Moore
  • Alyssa Mozel*
  • Bryden O’Flaherty
  • Philip Ottenbreit
  • Abby Phair*
  • Emma Robertson*
  • Mackenzie Rowan
  • Kendall Schneider
  • Micah Sollid
  • Alexandra Thwaites*
  • Shaelyn Vermette*
  • Joanna Vint
  • Chandra Wassill
  • Hailee Williams*
  • Cindy Zhang

*Denotes first-year recipient

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Shaelyn Vermette is one of 13
first-year Circle of Scholars recipients
Photo: Provided by Shaelyn Vermette

One of the scholarship recipients, Shaelyn Vermette, is a first-year Baccalauréat en éducation française student in the Faculty of Education. Vermette developed a passion for the language after taking French immersion education for many years.  She hopes to pass her passion onto younger generations through a career as a French teacher.

Coming to the U of R from her home community of Prince Albert, Vermette was thrilled to discover that her excellent grades had earned her the recognition of being her region’s Circle of Scholars recipient.

“All of my hard work in school has paid off,” says Vermette. “To be one of only a handful of recipients of this award from regions across Canada is a tremendous honour.”

She also noted how much of an impact that scholarships like the Circle of Scholars can have in helping gifted students to achieve their academic best.

“It feels really special to have my academic accomplishments acknowledged in this way,” says Vermette. “The motivation this scholarship has provided me will surely carry through the four years of my degree and into my teaching career.”

All recipients of Circle of Scholars scholarships have been invited to celebrate their achievement with their colleagues during a virtual celebration on October 29. Hosted by Dr. Thomas Chase, Interim President and Vice-Chancellor, the event will offer the opportunity for recipients to meet their University leadership, connect with fellow recipients, and cement their place as part of the illustrious Circle of Scholars.

“Congratulations to our new and returning Circle of Scholars recipients,” said Chase. “You are top students with great things to offer. On behalf of everyone at the University, I wish you all the best this year and beyond.”