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Greater Essex County District School Board
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Ingle International Students Scholarship

International students attending a GECDSB secondary school that hold a valid StudyInsured medical insurance policy are eligible for the StudyInsured International Students Scholarship. Candidates must demonstrate academic excellence, a high level of school leadership and engagement in school activities.

Ingle International Insurance provides medical insurance coverage for our international students and has generously donated a sum of money to the Board to establish this scholarship program.

2020-21 Recipients

Chihyun Ahn, Vincent Massey Secondary School

Chihyun arrived from Korea in September 2017 and began his high school career in Gr. 9 at Vincent Massey Secondary School. An outstanding academic student, Chihyun received an academic honour award in his Grade 11 year. He is active in many of Massey's extracurricular activities as well as a strong community volunteer.

Chihyun has participated in Massey's Multicultural Night every year as a part of a delegation representing Korea. He worked collaboratively to plan the group's presentation including set-up, artwork, decorations, traditional clothing and food and logistics.

Given Chihyun's fascination with computers and programming, he was drawn to Massey's Robotics Team, where he had the opportunity to program and solve problems with their robot.  The Robotics Team opened Chihyun's eyes to computer programming as an enjoyable and rewarding career, and not just a hobby.

Outside the school community, Chihyun volunteers his time at a Korean language tutoring class. He is responsible for helping young students learn the Korean language and even leads the lessons at times.

Chihyun intends to study Computer Science at the University of Windsor. Congratulations Chihyun!

Tuyet Tram Phan, Westview Freedom Academy

Tuyet Tram arrived at Westview Freedom Academy from Vietnam in September 2018. She has participated in many school activities and has taken advantage of supports available in the community to help newcomers adjust to Canadian life.

Active in many of Westview's extracurricular activities, Tuyet Tram took on a leadership role in running Westview's Remembrance Day ceremony. She is also a member of the school's Art Club, Music Club, and 5 Km running Club.

Tuyet Tram engaged in some of the services provided by the Women's Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor including a science program and summer program and volunteering for Halloween and other activities.

Tuyet Tram intends to take the Bachelor of Commerce (Business Administration) Co-Op Education at the University of Windsor. Congratulations Tuyet Tram!

Aoxing Xu, Belle River District High School

Aoxing arrived at Belle River District High School from China in September 2017 in his Gr. 10 year. He is an outstanding academic student, and has been on the Honour Roll every year during his high school career.

While at Belle River, Aoxing became proficient in Math and developed a passion for problem-solving. He was also part of Belle River's Science Olympics team that competed at the University of Windsor.

Aoxing is a member of Belle River's badminton team under Coach Chudyk.

Aoxing intends to study math and statistics at McMaster University. Congratulations Aoxing!

2019-20 Recipients

Emily Choi, W.F. Herman Academy

In her time at W. F. Herman Academy, Emily has consistently demonstrated an exceptional commitment to her educational program as well as several school and extracurricular based initiatives. 

Emily began her journey in the ESL program at Herman after arriving from South Korea in 2018 and quickly demonstrated herself to be a very hard- working, dedicated student.  Throughout her high school experience, Emily has been active in the Herman community as a member of the Yearbook Committee, International Student's Club, and ESL program initiatives.  She has taken part in several community-based volunteer activities at the Downtown Mission, a local food bank and animal hospital.  

Emily plans to continue her education at the University of Western Ontario majoring in General Science.  Her dream is work in a technology-related field which she'll undoubtedly excel at. Congratulations Emily!

Menghuo Li, Vincent Massey Secondary School

Mengzhuo Li has been a Massey Mustang since arriving from China in February 2018. She is on the Honour Roll with Distinction, maintaining over a 90% average, while being actively involved in the Massey and local community.

Mengzhuo quickly contributed to Massey's many longstanding traditions including the Multicultural Dinner, Children's Christmas Party, ELL Leadership Club, Breakfast Club, and one of the schools much newer events, Massey Hacks.

In the community, Mehgzhuo volunteers with the Chinese Culture Institute of Great Windsor, helping with the Chinese New Year Gala and children's chess club. She also dedicates her time to helping at a local retirement home, the Alzheimer Society of Windsor-Essex County and the Essex County Stamp Club.

An outstanding student of mathematics, Mengzhuo has written many math contests including the Avogadro Exam, Canadian Senior & Intermediate Math Contest, Euclid and Fermat contests.

Mengzhuo is considering studying math, engineering or applied science at University. Congratulations Mengzhuo!

Yazdan Nikoo, Riverside Secondary School

Yazdan is an extremely independent and determined student who arrived at Riverside in February 2019 from Iran. He has maintained an excellent academic record while enthusiastically participating in extracurricular activities and volunteering in the community.

Yazdan has been an active member of Riverside's Social Justice club, the Gay-Straight Alliance and, a mental health advocacy group.  He has also taken on leadership roles such as taking charge of the live streaming of the OFSAA basketball finals.

Perhaps Yazdan's biggest accomplishment since arriving in Canada has been as a volunteer with the Liberal Party's 2019 Federal Election campaign. This experience led him all the way to Queen's Park where he represented the riding of Windsor-Tecumseh in the 2020 Ontario Model Parliament at the Legislative Assembly of Ontario.  In addition to these endeavours, Yazdan he has been actively volunteering and has accumulated over 200 hours of community service.

Yazdan is a very confident young man with a positive attitude, a zeal for life and a passion for advocacy. He has a clear career goal and has designed his education plan, co-curricular activities and volunteerism to support these goals. We wish him all the best as he continues his academic journey at the University of Windsor where he will study Psychology. Congratulations Yazdan!

2018-19 Recipients

Sean Huo, Sandwich Secondary School

Sean has maintained a very high academic average while studying with the GECDSB. His learning skills, initiative, dedication and work habits are exemplary. As a Grade 12 representative on Student Council, Sean has developed excellent leadership skills while organizing school spirit days and Grade 8 Day.  Sean is also a member of the badminton team, he is a volunteer at the TLC Rest Home and he is on the honour roll.

Sean plans to continue his education at the University of Ottawa in the Honours Bachelor of Commerce- Accounting Co-Op Program.  Sean was inspired to study accounting by his mother, a Certified Public Accountant who works a bank manager in China.  Congratulations Sean.


Ricardo You, Vincent Massey Secondary School

A student in enriched Functions, Calculus and Physics, Ricardo has a passion for problem solving. He has written an impressive number of math and computer science contests and consistently finishes in the top 25%.  During his time at Massey, Ricardo has been a member of the debate club, robotics club, ELL club, science club, computer science club and Massey Hacks. He has also volunteered for Massey's Multicultural Dinner, helps with parent-teacher interviews, assists at swim meets and at the Chinese New Year Gala. He is also on the honour roll.

Ricardo will continue to develop his interest in computer science at the University of Waterloo in the Software Engineering Program. Congratulations Ricardo.

Xinyu Li, Riverside Secondary School

Xinyu has immersed herself in her school and the community while maintaining an excellent academic average. She is involved in Riverside's annual Fun Run and several intramural sports tournaments including volleyball, basketball and dodgeball. She has dedicated over 100 hours of community service to a local badminton club.  Xinyu is a determined honor roll student whose efforts have earned her several academic awards.

She hopes to combine Computer Science and Business at next year in University.  Congratulations Xinyu. 

2017-18 Recipients

Dina Aiyireti - Sandwich Secondary SchoolDirector of Education Erin Kelly, Dina Aiyireti, Trustee Ron LeClair.jpg

Dina is from China and has attended Sandwich Secondary School the past 2 years. From the beginning she was very involved in school life. As a leader of the International Students' Club she helped organize meetings, special events and conduct school tours for new students and visitors. Dina served as a peer tutor, working with other international students to improve their English, math and science skills. She also participated as an organizer for the Sabres' Grade 8 Day, was involved in many of the school's fundraising activities and volunteered with the Sandwich Sabre Bytes, the school's robotic team.

A member of the Sandwich Art Club, Dina recently won first place in an amateur photography contest.

Dina will study Biochemistry next year at the University of Windsor.

Clement Wu - Vincent Massey Secondary School

Erin Kelly, Clement Wu, Kim McKinley, Jessica Sartori.jpgClement is from China and has completed Grades 11 and 12 at Vincent Massey Secondary School. His initial motivation for participating in extracurricular activities was to improve his English. He volunteered for the security detail for the All Night Social, worked as a programmer for the Massey Hackathon, he joined the Massey Toastmasters' Club and ran track and field.

His language skills developed swiftly and were strong enough for him to address an audience of GECDSB teachers to share his International Student experience at a professional development session.

Clement has won numerous awards in math and chemistry competitions. He will be studying math at the University of Waterloo in September.

Kristy Jin - Kennedy Collegiate Institute

Tom Kilpatrick, Erin Kelly, Kristy Jin, Alan Halberstadt.jpgKristy is from China and has been at Kennedy Collegiate Institute for 2 years. A talented artist, Kristy has sketched a drawing that will hang proudly in the school to portray the spirit of Kennedy Collegiate.

Kristy volunteers to teach art to elementary school students, assisting the teacher with supplies and materials as well as keeping the classes organized. She was also a volunteer at the Social Justice Forum.

In the fall, Kristy will study Management and Organizational Studies at Western University in London.​