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The Professor Elaine Bjorklund Award

September 10, 2010

Leanne Lau and Victoria Le both say they felt honoured to receive The Professor Elaine Bjorklund Awards and feel truly privileged to meet the woman for whom the award is named. Each received $1,250 to help with their studies in the Department of Geography.

The award was established through Foundation Western by a generous gift from Hong Kong native Cecilia Yau (BA’72) in 1999, in honour of Geography Professor Emeritus Elaine Bjorklund. With additional funding from Cecilia in 2007, today two awards are given out annually to undergraduate or graduate students in the Geography program in the Faculty of Social Science.

“The academic environment at Western has provided an excellent and comprehensive platform for me to explore different academic aspects,” notes Leanne who is from Hong Kong and graduated this year with an Honors Specialization in Geographic Information Science. She hopes to become a pilot or a surveyor. “Student scholarships reward students for their hard work and encourage students to explore different academic interests so as to allow them to develop a more comprehensive skill set. This support is very important in enhancing students’ life at Western.”

Victoria who grew up in London says the award allowed her to meet the costs of a university education without having to heavily rely on student loans.

“My ambitions require a lot of education and subsequently a lot of money,” says Victoria, who graduated with an Honors Bachelor of Science in Geography. “My short-term goal is to complete a Master’s degree in health geography and in the future I hope to attend medical school. Student scholarship donations are incredibly important to recognize outstanding students who make an impact on campus and in the community.”

Leanne and Victoria are both outstanding examples of how donor support helps students realize their potential at Western.

This article appeared in the 2010 edition of Student Awards Recipient Report
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