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Giving back

June 27, 2011

Giving back
Marta Kopun, BA'13, International Relations - 2010/11 recipient of the Department of History Award

Marta Kopun is a true believer in giving back to the community, both locally and internationally, which is why she feels so honoured to have received one of the $1,100 awards funded by the late William M. Edgar.

Marta truly appreciates Mr. Edgar’s kindness and admires his selflessness. “His generosity has not only helped me and many students before me, but will continue to help many students in the future,” notes Marta. “It is incredible that his legacy will continue to touch the lives of others. As a student requiring financial support, his generosity has gone a long way and has made the cost of university more bearable for me.”

Established through Foundation Western, the Department of History Award is presented to a student in an Honors Bachelor degree, with either an Honors Specialization, Major or Specialization in History based on academic achievement and financial need. William M. Edgar established this award to recognize the outstanding teaching provided to him by Professor Craig Simpson.

Marta is an advocate of social justice issues and a volunteer in both the London community and abroad. In her first year at Western, she volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and travelled to New Orleans to help build houses for victims of Hurricane Katrina. The experience was so rewarding that she decided to volunteer with Western Heads East and travelled to Africa for four months. In Tanzania, with the help of another student, Marta started a small probiotic yogurt business to be run by women throughout the local community that will build people’s immune systems and help HIV and AIDS victims digest their medication.

Fortunately for Marta, she has been able to continue her passion for social justice in her studies at Western. She says she feels lucky to be part of a program that combines history and political science, which allows for some flexibility in course specialization.

“What interests me are international human rights and international conflict management,” says Marta. Studying courses in International Relations ignited Marta’s interest in international law, and she recently wrote her LSATs in hopes of entering law school after graduation.

“I cannot thank Mr. Edgar enough for helping me and so many other students pursue our goals and further our education,” says Marta. “He must have been an incredible man and I know he is missed by many.”


This article appeared in the 2011 edition of Student Awards Recipient Report
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