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Arts Scholarship motivates Marc Powell to reach his potential

September 4, 2009

Marc Powell believes his potential is limitless, thanks in part to the financial support he received from the Rosslyn Kelly Swanson Arts Scholarship.

“I am the son of a single parent with two of her three children enrolled in full-time university studies,” says Marc. “My mother has been supporting us lovingly, financially, and independently, for almost all of our lives, but with a modest single income, it is simply impossible for her to finance both my studies and my brother’s, all while supporting a household. In turn, I work part-time to help finance my education, which can be stressful. Because of this scholarship, I was able to work fewer hours during the school year, which allowed for more free time for my studies.”

The $2,000 scholarship is awarded to students in any year of any program in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities who have achieved a minimum 80 percent average and demonstrated financial need, the scholarships were established by a generous gift from Rosslyn Kelly Swanson through Foundation Western.

Marc says without donors generously supporting student awards, thousands of students could potentially be denied the opportunity to pursue their hopes and dreams.

“I have been given more than financial assistance; I have been helped to achieve an education, and that gift is simply priceless,” says Marc.

Marc has been an active member of the Western community. He has been involved with the Arts and Humanities Student Council as the Modern Languages and Literatures Rep, the Men’s Varsity Tennis Team, Fall Preview Day and Western’s Pre-Law Society. Marc is very proud of his Italian heritage and was also involved in the Italian Language Help Centre,
which he founded last September.

“Our university hosts some of the greatest professors, researchers, athletes, and students in the world,” says Marc. “We should all try to take advantage of the many learning and growing opportunities Western offers.”

With regard to his future, Marc says he is passionate about teaching, human rights and justice, especially pertaining to the weak and defenceless. Marc expects to pursue a master’s degree in languages or law school after completing his undergraduate degree.

This article appeared in the 2009 edition of Western's Parent Connection
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