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December 20, 2010

Ryan Rawski didn’t come to Western with just a very bright mind - he also came with a desire to help change the world.

Ryan, now a first-year Master’s of Science student in Clinical Anatomy, received one of 15 Western Scholars Program scholarships awarded through The Western Fund last year. Through this program, Western is able to provide an unequaled educational experience to some of the best and brightest students. Successful applicants must have a minimum admission average of 90 per cent. They are also evaluated on their demonstrated extracurricular involvement and leadership skills.

“Right from the moment I arrived here, I was enamored with the spirit of academia and community involvement at Western,” says Ryan.

Western provided Ryan with the opportunity to travel to Nicaragua last year with Western’s Alternative Spring Break program where he worked in a rural health clinic helping to examine patients, provide vaccinations and teach children about the importance of hygiene to their health.

Ryan’s leadership skills stood out from day one says Jeff Renaud, a Western staff member who led the Western team of students that included Ryan. “He was so competent and so dedicated to the purpose of our mission that I assigned him a number of leadership roles that had him successfully teaching and inspiring other team members from the moment we arrived to the moment we left.”

Ryan puts those same skills to work on campus as a member of Western’s Student Emergency Response Team. The extensive training and certification Western provides enables Ryan to provide emergency patient care in a variety of potential crisis situations.

High-calibre students such as Ryan, are highly sought after by universities in Canada and abroad. Through his scholarship to Western, Ryan was able to fulfill his desire for a diversity of courses as well as opportunities to grow his leadership skills.

“This year as a graduate student I have the opportunity to be a teaching assistant for a systemic human anatomy course. As well, I will be involved with ‘Let’s Talk Science’ as a guest lecturer at a local high school.”

Ryan, a nominee for Western’s Humanitarian Awards, hopes to pursue a career in medicine or become a professor. Grateful for the support he’s been provided, Ryan says, “I’m inspired by alumni who continue to care about Western and give back by supporting today’s students.”

This article appeared in the 2010 edition of Annual Impact
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