A student from the Maritime Muslim Academy is the winner of a prestigious provincial scholarship recognizing leadership in multiculturalism and human rights.
Aisha Abawajy received the $6,000 Dr. P. Anthony (Tony) Johnstone Memorial Entrance Scholarship yesterday, June 14, at her school’s graduation ceremony.
Ms. Abawajy said receiving the scholarship is a step in creating a more inclusive and accepting world.
“Education is key to creating equality in Canada,” she said. “I’ve followed my moral compass and my love for helping people and inspiring others to lead me to the path of success.”
In her spare time, Ms. Abawajy volunteers as a teacher’s assistant, religious studies teacher, student council president, co-host for the student body morning news, a peer mentorship program co-ordinator and as an IWK youth volunteer.
“Aisha Abawajy is a terrific role model for our young people,” said Labour and Advanced Education Minister Kelly Regan. “Her passion for human rights and volunteering in her community is obvious, and that dedication will serve her well in her future studies and career.”
Ms. Abawajy will attend university in the fall, and plans to double major in computer science and political science. After graduation, she intends to pursue a law degree.
The scholarship is a tribute to the late Tony Johnstone, a long-time educator and human rights advocate who devoted his life to promoting multicultural understanding and social equality.
Applicants must be a Nova Scotian graduating from high school who is pursuing an undergraduate degree program at a Maritime university in the fall. Students considered must also demonstrate interest in multiculturalism and human rights.
This year, 53 eligible applications were reviewed.