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VCI Student Awarded Prestigious $48K Scholarship to Queen’s University
VCI Student Awarded Prestigious $48K Scholarship to Queen’s University
Posted on 06/28/2023
Olivia St Denis

June 28, 2023 (Vankleek Hill, ON) – Grade 12 Vankleek Hill Collegiate Institute (VCI) student Olivia St. Denis is the recipient of the Chernoff Family Award, a prestigious $48,000 admission award at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.

With support from English Teacher Sarah Dagg, St. Denis submitted her scholarship application to Queen’s University in the fall of 2022. The application consisted of two separate essays written by St. Denis, and a letter of recommendation, provided by Dagg.

Established by the Chernoff Family, the award honours the memory of Nick and Maud Chernoff, who recognized the significance and value of higher education and dedicated their lives to ensuring their children received a college education. The award has been established to attract and support students from across Canada, particularly those who face financial barriers. The Chernoff Family Award is awarded annually to deserving full-time students entering their first year of any program at Queen's University.

To qualify for this award, candidates must demonstrate exceptional academic ability, maintaining an average of 90% or higher. Additionally, they should exhibit creativity, original thinking, leadership qualities, and demonstrate financial need. Preference is given to students from rural and remote areas. St. Denis has exceeded these criteria with her outstanding academic achievements, maintaining an impressive 97% average throughout her four years at VCI.

Beyond her academic accomplishments, St. Denis has shown exceptional leadership within her school and community. She has actively participated in VCI's Link Crew, providing support to incoming high school students during their transition, represented the school in numerous varsity sports teams, was a member of the prom committee, and has surpassed the mandatory 40 hours of community service required for graduation.

With a profound passion for health and wellness, St. Denis aspires to become a family physician, aiming to make a positive impact in the lives of others.

"Olivia embodies the spirit of VCI by continuously striving for excellence and making a difference in her community. We are incredibly proud of Olivia and look forward to seeing her thrive at Queen's University,” says VCI Principal Christie Walker.

St. Denis’s achievement follows another significant scholarship awarded to VCI student Yvesgaëlle Dor earlier this year. This accomplishment reflects VCI's commitment to fostering academic excellence and providing students with opportunities for success.


For media inquiries, please contact:   

Christie Walker
Vankleek Hill Collegiate Institute
[email protected]

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