Thank you to everyone who participated in our scholarship!

We are pleased to announce the winners of the Spring 2024 Stories from Abroad: British Columbia Study Abroad Scholarship.

Congratulations to: 






Amelia Cairns, Douglas College

Amelia Cairns is currently in her fourth and final year of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at Douglas College. Amelia is passionate about helping others and traveling the world which has ultimately lead to her acceptance to the Ghana Field School. Studying abroad will allow Amelia to provide hands-on medical care to those in need and well as educate others on how they can promote their own health and wellness. This opportunity will also allow her to explore and submerse herself within a new culture. In the future, Amelia plans on specializing as a palliative nurse, providing comfort and support to those in their final stages of life. Amelia is looking forward to sharing her journey with you all.







Ethan Furlong, Thompson Rivers University

Ethan is in his graduating year at Thompson Rivers University (TRU), pursuing a Bachelor's of Science degree with a major in Chemical Biology with Honours. As a member of the TRU men's soccer varsity team, he has had the opportunity to connect with people globally. Ethan's hobbies include playing sports, watching anime, and learning Japanese. He is looking forward to starting an international exchange in Tokyo, Japan, on March 22, 2024, to immerse himself in the language and culture.







James Cunningham, University of the Fraser Valley

James Cunningham is a Métis man originally from Squamish, BC, who now resides in Chilliwack, situated on the unceded stolen territories of the Sto:lo people. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Social Work at the University of the Fraser Valley. In addition to his studies, he serves as a peer support worker with Fraser Health’s substance use Indigenous outreach team, where he channels his deep passion for working with Indigenous individuals. James is a fervent advocate for active reconciliation and the practice of cultural healing. His academic journey has opened many doors, including an exciting opportunity to travel to Europe in June for an international social work conference in Austria. This conference represents a chance for him to broaden his understanding of his passions through an international perspective and to share his insights with his peers.







Joshua Olsen, University of Victoria

Joshua is a first-year humanities student at the University of Victoria. He is planning to major in Hispanic studies and looks forward to studying abroad at the University of Alcalá in Alcalá de Henares, Spain. Joshua has always had a strong interest in learning about Spanish language and culture and was very excited to learn of the Hispanic department‘s study abroad program in Alcalá. He is very passionate about language, culture and history, and plans to expand on this passion while traveling throughout Europe during his semester abroad. After obtaining a Hispanic studies degree, Joshua plans to be a foreign language secondary school teacher and believes that immersion in Spanish culture is a necessary step towards achieving this goal. This will be Joshua‘s first time leaving North America, and upon returning to Canada he hopes to bring back with him a vastly expanded knowledge and appreciation for the cultures of nations around the world.







Rowan Zacharias, University of Victoria

Rowan is currently a third-year Sociology student at the University of Victoria. This year, Rowan has been embracing the enriching experience of studying abroad in Uppsala, Sweden, an opportunity that has allowed for the expansion of academic, social, and cultural horizons. An outdoor enthusiast, Rowan enjoys engaging in activities like disc golf, climbing, skiing, and hiking. Spare time is often dedicated to further studies. Living abroad has ignited a passion in Rowan for personal growth and connection, fueled by the diverse challenges, joys, and experiences encountered on a different continent. Upon returning to Canada, Rowan aspires to continue this journey, seeking meaningful connections and deeper understanding of the world.






Sydney Fowler, Douglas College

Sydne is currently in her third year at Douglas College. In her free time, she enjoys arts and crafts, baking different recipes, and enjoying the outdoors. This spring semester marks a significant milestone for Sydney as she participates in the Teacher Education Program at the University College Absalon in Denmark. This program excites her, particularly because of courses like Danish Culture and Internship, as well as Udeskole (outdoor school). Sydney appreciates this opportunity to enhance her intercultural communication skills through interactions with peers from different parts of Europe and Danish students whom she will have the chance to teach during her internship. After completing her studies, Sydney aspires to become an elementary school teacher, driven by her passion for making a positive impact and infusing creativity into the classroom.

Our winners will each receive $1,000, and they will be sharing their experiences from abroad.

If you are interested in applying for our Stories from Abroad Scholarship, make sure to check back in Spring 2024 for more information.

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