Prime Mentors Canada

Our Participants

 

The most outstanding participants for conducting their research and project presentation in the one-on-one mentoring program are awarded a framed Certificate of Achievement and a one thousand dollar ($1,000) scholarship toward their post-secondary education. The funds are put in trust until the recipients have registered to a college/university of their choice upon graduation from high school.

The number of scholarships is dependent on the sponsorships received for the school year.

Award Winning Students

2015 - 2016
  • Shrika Vejandla: Grenoble Public School, was awarded the James Moto Scholarship
  • Fathima Saffiya: Thorncliffe Junior Public School, was awarded the Guy Hamel Scholarship
  • Samuel Assef: O’Connor Public School, was awarded the Joseph Sheehan Scholarship
  • Jessica Marie Kazerami: Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School, was awarded the Conchita Tan-Willman Scholarship
  • Afia Ahmed: Thorncliffe Junior Public School, was awarded the Kiichi Honjo Memorial Scholarship
  • Chrisaanth Kennedy: St. John XX111 Catholic School, was awarded the Arthur and Catherine Worth Memorial Scholarship
  • Hamza Siddiqui: Grenoble Public School, was awarded the Urban Joseph Scholarship
  • Pam Luong: St. Michael Catholic School, was awarded the Siu Pui and Tai Hing Hung Memorial Scholarship
2014 - 2015
  • Hanan Ali: Church Street Public School was awarded the Linda Rosier Scholarship
  • Giovanna Batti: St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School was awarded the Eastern Star Scholarship
  • Hayley Breen: St. Antoine Daniel Catholic School was awarded the Urban Joseph Scholarship
  • Reynato De Lima Gregorio: St. John XXIII Catholic School was awarded the James Moto Scholarship
  • Mary Edishou: St. Antoine Daniel Catholic School was awarded the Joseph Sheehan Scholarship
  • Cassius Francis: Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School was awarded the Kiichi Honjo Scholarship
  • Isabella Gouveia: St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School was awarded the Siu Pui and Tai HingHung Scholarship
  • Collin Guo: Thorncliffe Park Public School was awarded the Conchita Tan-Willman Scholarship
  • Abdul Malik: Thorncliffe Park Public School was awarded the Arthur and Catherine Worth Memorial Scholarship
  • Caleb Woolcott: Lord Lansdowne Public School was awarded the Prime Mentors of Canada Scholarship
2013 - 2014
  • Stella Batti: St. Francis of Assisi , The Penny Cheng and Peter Chen Scholarship
  • Sunyah Tehreem: Thorncliffe Park Public School, The Siu Pui and Tai Hi Hung Scholarship
  • Vishal Ravi: Rose Avenue Public School, The Linda Rosier Scholarship
  • Alyssa Luat: Blessed John XXIII Catholic School, The Conchita Tan-Willman Scholarship
  • Anish Phadnis: Grenoble Public School, The Kiichi Honjo Scholarship
  • Asad Sajid: Thorncliffe Park Public School, The Barbara Worth Scholarship
  • Yathavan Thiruchelvam: Rose Avenue Public School, The Urban Joseph Scholarship
  • Vanessa Marie Bautista: St. Antoine Catholic School, The Joseph Sheehan Scholarship
2012 - 2013
  • Nargis Mohammad: Thorncliffe Park Public School, The Conchita Tan-Willman Scholarship
  • Arwa Khowaja: Thorncliffe Park Public School, The James Moto Scholarship
  • Sare Sulaiman: Thorncliffe Park Public School, The Prime Mentors of Canada Scholarship
  • Caitlin Arizala: St. Antoine Daniel Catholic School, The Urban Joseph Scholarship
  • Arianne Perez: St. Antoine Daniel Catholic School, The Linda Rosier Scholarship
  • Adrian Iraheta: St. Francis of Assisi, The Kiichi Honjo Scholarship
  • Nusrath Hussain: Rose Avenue Public School, The Dugald Matheson Scholarship
  • Heaven Petros: Church Street Public School, The Joseph Sheehan Scholarship
2011 - 2012
  • Neghat Hidari: Grenoble Public School, The Conchita Tan-Willman Scholarship
  • Rachel Jung: Church Street Public School, The Urban Joseph Scholarship
  • Lavan Sivarajasingham: Grenoble Public School, The Colours of Freedom Scholarship
  • David Virgilio: St. Antoine Daniel Catholic School, The James Moto Scholarship
  • Sabrina Yang: St. Antoine Daniel Catholic School, The Joseph Sheehan Scholarship
2010 - 2011
  • Ashley Briones: Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School, The Joseph Sheehan Scholarship
  • Dimitris Logothetis: Thorncliffe Park Public School, The Conchita Tan-Willman Scholarship
  • Clara Yang: McMurrich Public School, The James Moto Scholarship
  • Malika Said Khasan: Thorncliffe Park Public School, The Colours of Freedom Scholarship
  • Xueqin He: Church Street Public School, The Urban Joseph Scholarship
  • Talia Duarte: McMurrich Public School, The Edna Jewett Scholarship
2009 - 2010
  • Zameer Bharwani: Valley Park Middle Public School, The Fred Speed Scholarship
  • Cassidy Chau: Lord Lansdowne Public School, The Urban Joseph Scholarship
  • Adeline Makin: McMurrich Public School, The Conchita Tan Willman Scholarship
  • Windrick Maranan: St. Paul Catholic School, The James Moto Scholarship
  • Michael Nguyen: St. Paul Catholic School, The Joseph Sheehan Scholarship
  • Shamin Syed: Thorncliffe Public School, The Colours of Freedom Scholarship
2008 - 2009
  • Patricia Kousaulas: Blessed John XXIII CS, The Conchita Tan Willman Scholarship
  • Mona Farzami: Church St PS, The Linda Rosier Scholarship
  • Zoe Robinson: McMurrich PS, The Urban Joseph Scholarship
  • Joseph Amaral: St Francis of Assisi CS, The Joseph Sheehan Scholarship
  • Abdur Rahman Chatni: Valley Park Middle School, The Fred Speed Scholarship
2007 - 2008
  • Justin Bulicz: McMurrich Public School, The Joseph Sheehan Scholarship
  • Joanna Hon: Church St Public School, The David Kenet Scholarship
  • Lalitha Thilaindarajah: Thorncliffe Park Public School, The Urban Joseph Scholardhip
  • Keren (Cullen) Shen: Sprucecourt Public School, The Fred Speed Scholarship
  • Susan Kong: O'Connor Public School, The Linda Rosier Scholarship
  • Tara Mai: Harrison Public School, The Conchita Tan Willman Scholarship
  • Sofia Assi: Lord Lansdowne Public School, The Avie Bennett Scholarship
2006 - 2007
  • Tsering Wangmo: Parkdale Public School, The Kenneth Mills Scholarship
  • Tawhid Hussain: O'Connor Public School, The Lincoln Alexander Scholarship
  • Selina Huang: Charles Fraser Public School, The Urban Joseph Scholarship
  • Nasif Iqbal: Grenoble Public School, The James Moto Scholarship
  • Ruba Nizam: Grenoble Public School, The Sydney Bacon Scholarship
  • Michaela Tran: Blessed John XX111 Catholic School, The Joseph Sheehan Scholarship
  • Jamuna Ganeshan: Sprucecourt Public School, The Louise Frosell Scholarship
  • Kaitlin Pereira: St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School, The Murray Greenwood Scholarship
  • Menal Huroy: Valley Park Middle School, The Linda Rosier Scholarship
  • Glothen Sirisegaram: Valley Park Middle School, The Conchita Tan-Willman Scholarship
2005 - 2006
  • Isabel Arruda-Cayaho: St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School, The Urban Joseph Scholarship
  • Allyson Malloch: Pope Paul VI Catholic School, The Conchita Tan-Willman Scholarship
  • Jessica Papasandaro: Pope Paul VI Catholic School, The Linda Rosier Scholarship
  • Fei Teng: Grenoble Public School, The James Moto Scholarship
  • Lauren Wang: Charles Fraser Public School, The Diana & Charles Tisdall Scholarship
2004 - 2005
  • Jing Wen Cheng: Grenoble Public School, The Urban Joseph Scholarship
  • Kathy Henriques: St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School, The James Moto Scholarship
  • Nasir Mohammed: O'Connor Public School, The Diana & Charles Tisdall Scholarship
  • Nelly Su: Charles Fraser Public School, The Conchita Tan-Willman Scholarship
  • Malini Taneja: Essex Public School, The Kenneth G. Mills Scholarship
  • Jiawen Zhou: Spruce Court Public School, The Linda Rosier Scholarship
2003 - 2004
  • Moustafa Abdalla: Grenoble Public School, The Nancy Phillips Scholarship
  • Lindsay Cho: Lord Landsdowne Public School, The Dr. Urban Joseph Scholarship
  • Lana Du: Spruce Court Public School, The James Moto Scholarship
  • Tristan Lewis: McMurrich Public School, The Eric Jackman Scholarship
  • Michael Mak: St. Gabriel Catholic School, The Fred Speed Scholarship
  • Frankie Montalto: Pope Paul VI Catholic School, The Diana and Charles Tisdall Scholarship
  • Ashley Sa: St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School, The Linda Rosier Scholarship
  • Lin Wu: Huron Public School, The Aglaia Shipman Scholarship
  • Eileen Yue: Charles Fraser Public School, The Conchita Tan-Willman Scholarship
  • Priyanga Yogalingam: Gordon Brown Public School, The Fred Schulz Scholarship
2002 - 2003
  • Barerah Anjum: Grenoble Public School, The Diana and Charles Tisdall Scholarship
  • Shane Araujo: St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School, The Eric Jackman Scholarship
  • Naada Deef: Gateway Public School, The Fred Schulz Scholarship
  • Sarangen Karthigesu: Parkdale Public School, The Linda Rosier Scholarship
  • Jannie Lam: Charles Fraser Public School, The Sydney Bacon Scholarship
  • Siraat Mustafa: Gateway Public School, The Aglaia Shipman Scholarship
  • Jeeven Navaah: Parkdale Public School, The James Moto Scholarship
  • Suhail Abdul Razzak: Grenoble Public School, The Conchita Tan-Willman Scholarship
  • Dakota Sexton-Black: Huron Public School, The Louise Frosell Scholarship
  • Lulu Wang/Jin Lu Wang: Gateway Public School, The Nancy Phillips Scholarshi
  • Cindy Wong: Charles Fraser Public School, The Urban Joseph Scholarship
2001 - 2002
  • Carly Cheng: Blessed Trinity Catholic School, The Diana and Charles Tisdall Scholarship
  • Sameeha Zaynab: Grenoble Public School, The Louise Frosell Scholarship
  • Jovana Randjelovic: Grenoble Public School, The Aglaia Shipman Scholarship
  • Michael Zhang: Huron Public School, The Leila MacKenzie Scholarship
  • Harris Nnane: O'Connor Public School, The Urban Joseph Scholarship
  • Nivetha Kulendran: O'Connor Public School, The Linda Rosier Scholarship
  • Amdadur (Sadi) Chowhury: Parkdale Public School, The Fred Schulz scholarship
  • Samantha Gouveia: St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School, The Traute Strait Scholarship
  • John Oliveira: St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School, The Erick Jackman Scholarship
  • Victoria de Souza: St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School, The Conchita Tan-Willman Scholarship
2000 - 2001
  • Bill Nyantakyi: Gordon Brown Public School, The Conchita Tan-Willman Scholarship
  • Edwin Liu: Parkdale Public School, The Urban Joseph Scholarship
  • Rishanthini Mahendrarasa: Parkdale Public School, The Leila Mackenzie scholarship
  • Lilia Pacheco: St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School, The Linda Rosier scholarship

 

<span class='aslide1'>Project: The Atomic Bomb</span> <span class='aslide1'>Project: Egyption Tombs</span> <span class='aslide1'>Project: Birth, Life, and Death of Stars</span> <span class='aslide1'>Project: Ancient Civilaization</span> <span class='aslide1'>Project: Darwin</span> <span class='aslide1'>Project: Constellations and Greek Mythology</span> <span class='aslide1'>Project: Fashion Through the Ages</span> <span class='aslide1'>Project: Clay Sculpturing</span> <span class='aslide1'>Project: Politics</span> <span class='aslide1'>Project: Cartooning</span>

"The number one problem that keeps one from succeeding is the lack of belief in oneself."
A. Williams

Every goal one reaches provides a new starting point

 

Recipients of PMC scholarship have won numerous scholarships and grants from major universities in the United States (Yale, Princeton, Harvard, Columbia, Julliard School of Music Cooper Institute for Advanced Science and Arts, UCLA and many more) and from major Canadian private and public corporations and universities (TD Bank, De Loran, SSHRC, U of Toronto, McGill U, UBC, University of Western Ontario and many others), One of them was awarded the internationally prestigious Rhodes Scholarship to work on his graduate studies at Oxford University, UK.

PMC Alumni distinguish themselves as well in meritorious community service attested by the countless awards and recognitions they have received. Some of them come back in full circle to our program as mentors and sponsors of our scholarships. One of them received the National Youth Community Service Award, 20 Under 20 in Canada.

Syncronize, Synergize, to maximize your potential. Thoughts, Emotions, Actions

"The greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising each time one fails."
Confucius

Some of Our Graduates - where are they now?

Blair Livingstone: Elementary teacher, Toronto
Bob Scott P.Eng.: MBA General Manager at DEL (Diesel Equipment Limited) Toronto
Curtis Chambers: Founder, Chambers Financial Group, Clearwater, Florida.
Danielle Jones: Executive Assistant,New York City
Frank Montalto: Operations Manager, Toronto
Jake Raynard: glass blower at Myself!, Haliburton
Jason MacDonald: Senior Sales Consultant, Bell.
Kathryn Siddall: Principal Photographer at Thru Kat's Eye Photography, Toronto
Marianna Palma: Senior Media Planner at Starcom MediaVest Group, Russian Federation
Mark Baldwin: COO/Director of Marketing for i-Smartbizz, Toronto
Mark Sivilia: Senior Managing Editor at Ministry of Community and Social Services, Toronto
Dr. Mary Choi: Naturopathic Doctor,Toronto
Matthew Pearson: Youth Elite Soccer, Chicago
Melissa Biancardi (Bartel): PMP AVP, Norfolk, Virginia
Nicholas Avramis: Mortgage Officer, Toronto
Nigel Williams: VP, Open Text
Nuno Azeredo: Global Manager, Kimberly-Clark, Georgia
Peter Nguyen: Client Manager, UpOnline eMarketing
Ryan Baillargeon: Technology Strategist, Toronto
Thomas Keith Hannigan: Certified Inspector, Halifax
Veronica Gutierrez: Senior Manager, HSBC Bank Canada Vancouver
Vincent Tong B.Sc.: Client Solutions Officer at Credential, Vancouver
Carly Cheng: Teacher, Toronto
Rishanthini Mahendrarasa: Chartered Accountant, American Express
Amy Hung: Senior Corporate Buyer, City of Toronto

What Students Say ...

I first entered the program in grade 6, under the guidance of Professor Fred Speed, a remarkable man whose many talents are as numerous as his accomplishments. Under his excellent guidance, measureless knowledge and undying patience with me, we presented a project on cells and cloning at the end of the school year. We stayed in collaboration for the following year, producing a thorough investigation on Albert Einstein and his Theory of General Relativity. My third year touched upon the Big Bang Theory, this time with Chris Chan, a brilliant student studying at the University of Toronto.

My time with my mentors has bestowed upon me other vital skills, such as how to plan and complete a project, research strategy, and presentation skills. However, the time spent with such amazing people is what I treasure most. It's not every day that you get to meet such wise and enthusiastic individuals willing to come to your school, once or twice a week, to spend an hour with you investigating something that you want to know more about. Such an opportunity is priceless.

In addition to the Prime Mentors program, I am currently participating in the World Council, a round table for discussion of any matter affecting the well-being of humanity and our natural world. The World Council allows us to don the personification of a great individual from the past, for instance, Albert Einstein, and identify the problems that we see in the present. By recognizing the issues of today, we are given the opportunity to shape a better tomorrow. In addition, the Council has introduced me to new people, all with great ideas on how to make our world a better place to live in. Together, to change the world, we need to start small. Thus, the Council members have each implemented plans on how to improve the communities that we live in, and then, gradually over time, grow to build a happier and more peaceful world.
Michael Mak


When I first heard about Prime Mentors of Canada, I became deeply interested in it because of its fantastic concept, which allows a lot of creativity and also improves one's research, communication, problem-solving and leadership skills. I decided that I would like to give it a try. Now I am very grateful that I participated, for it was the right choice for me. Meeting my mentor, Dr. Matheson, was very exciting, and I was a bit worried, because I did not know what to expect, but I should not have been, because Dr. Matheson is one of the best mentors that a protégé can have! The project that we completed together gave me an opportunity to explore a subject that I am very interested in, consciousness and memory. During the time that I worked with Dr. Matheson, I learned much about my subject, but I also learned many other skills that are useful for our daily life. Although I didn't know anything about the subject at the outset, I was guided through the concepts from the basic to the advanced. It was an awesome learning experience, even though there were some setbacks and difficulties. The project presentation was very successful and I was invited to present it again at O'Connor Public School. With the more in-depth knowledge that I have gained through the project, I am now more interested in the subject than ever. It also motivated me to volunteer with the Alzheimer Society of Ontario last summer and I had an amazing time there. I plan to pursue a career as a neurologist because of the experience, and how it has added to my own appreciation of the importance of the healthy functioning of the brain. I would really like to thank Dr. Matheson very much for putting in the effort and the time in mentoring me on a subject that has always intrigued me.

Through Prime Mentors, I was introduced to The World Council. It allowed me to have the opportunity to look at the world we live in right now not through the eyes of a feeble individual, but as one of many great leaders that made great changes to the world by setting their minds to to the task. Through discussions with other fellow protégés, I realized the amount of work that needs to be done on our planet Earth. I also learned that being one person, I still have the strength to make a positive contribution to our world, like many heroes such as Craig Kielburger.
Helen Zhang


I first found out that I was a part of the Prime Mentors program when I was in Grade 5. I was nervous at first, not knowing quite what to expect, but as the program progressed onward, I enjoyed every minute that I spent in it. The very first task that I took on was a project, choosing a topic of my own choice and working on it with the help of my mentor, Mrs. Helen King. She and I met every Thursday for about two hours to work on my project. Throughout the process I learnt how to conduct presentations, how to effectively gather information, and how to properly apply these skills. I have benefited from the knowledge that I acquired, and continue to use these skills in my projects and presentations.

I chose to do my project on my country of origin, Bangladesh, because I moved to Canada at a very young age and wanted to learn more about my roots. In this process, I learned about how much development was needed in Bangladesh. I am now looking forward towards a career in International Development. Receiving the scholarship certainly boosted my confidence and encouraged me to work hard and contribute my ideas and skills to society. Being a part of the PMC scholar circle has continued to enrich my knowledge and develop skills that I otherwise would have not developed in school. I also had the chance to make friends of all ages from different schools with common interests.
Sameeha Zaynab, Fourth Year University


I am a grade 12 student at St. Joseph's Morrow Park, graduating this year and heading to the University of Toronto in the fall studying life sciences. My experiences with Prime Mentors of Canada started 4 years ago as a student in grade 8 deciding on where to go for high school and it still continues on today as I pass a milestone in my life and enter the next exciting stage of post secondary school.

I was mentored by Dr. Dugald Matheson, whom I still keep in touch with today presenting a project on the Immune System. Having this experience was not only eye opening, but life directing. I learned so much, not only from the text book but also about life and the endless possibilities that are available if I only chose to discover them. Because of this new found friendship, Dr. Matheson helped me to discover my career choice of Medicine in Paediatrics.

I was awarded with a generous Diana and Charles Tisdall Scholarship, which would go towards funding my post secondary education. I participate in the Community Builders in Action Leadership Program where we regularly meet with other young leaders of today funnelling our great minds together, creating projects to reach out to the community and learn about ourselves.
Carly Cheng


The PMC program has motivated me to step up and try my best, something which I rarely did before. It also taught me how to do research, which helped me later on and still does, in school. I couldn't have done as well in middle school if I hadn't learned how to work with other people. Receiving the scholarship had gained me respect amongst my family and peers aside from the financial assistance for my university education. It encouraged me to try harder in school. I never had imagined that I would get a scholarship at such a young age, and that inspired me to follow my dreams. I cherish it the most among my academic achievements.
Shamin Syed, Grade 10


The PMC program helped me become a more responsible and organized person. Being mentored helps to develop one's communication and team work skills. One gets to look up to a role model and learn how to become a good leader. Receiving the scholarship definitely had a huge impact on my self-confidence, particularly towards the career I wanted in the future. It made me realize that hard work and perseverance result in success.
Lalitha Thillainadarajah, Grade 12


The PMC program has taught me to think critically, communicate and work together with peers in order to get things done. My career choice has been greatly influenced by my mentor who has offered me advice about following the same path and entering the medical school. The greatest impact of the scholarship was the recognition and praise to my accomplishments and skills which have gained me the confidence to aim even higher.
Jeeven Navaah, University Graduate


It has motivated me to work harder in my community and as a student. I have become highly efficient and hard-working that will help me in achieving both my academic and career related goals. The scholarship was a source of recognition and encouragement that pushed me to want to go to university.
Jovana Randjelovic, University Graduate


My experience in the PMC program influenced me to apply the knowledge I have acquired and learn about things that I might not have learned otherwise in school. It also encouraged me to further pursue learning about different topics that I would not have thought of. My family was very proud of me for receiving the scholarship, which will provide needed financial assistance. It gave me great encouragement that boosted my self-confidence.
Sofia Assi, Grade 10


My experience in the PMC program has taught me the value of hard work... that if you put in the extra time and effort, you can achieve anything you set your mind to. The scholarship has encouraged me to excel as a student and has increased my self-confidence.
Samantha Gouveia, Teacher Educ. Program


My experience in the PMC mentoring program has made me realize of what I am capable of. I've developed communication and leadership skills. My career choice has largely been influenced by my PMC project and by my project on leukemia. Coming from a family of five children, the scholarship will help my family financially in my post-secondary education.
Tsering Wangmo, Third Year University


I enjoyed every minute of it. Throughout the process with Mrs. Helen King, my mentor, I learned how to effectively gather information and how to properly conduct presentation, skills that I continue to use in my subsequent projects and presentations.
   PMC has influenced me to always strive for excellence in everything I do within the school and beyond. ... knowing that one has to put in one's best effort in one's work. I chose to do my project on my country of origin, Bangladesh, because I moved to Canada at a very young age and wanted to learn more about my roots. In this process, I learned about how much development was needed in Bangladesh. I am now looking forward towards a career in International Development. Receiving the scholarship certainly boosted my confidence and encouraged me to work hard and contribute my ideas and skills to society. Being a part of the PMC scholar circle has continued to enrich my knowledge and develop skills that I otherwise would have not developed in school. I also had the chance to make friends of all ages from different schools with common interests.
Sameeha Zaynab, Fourth Year University


The PMC mentoring program has helped me achieve goals that I thought were unachievable until I was close to graduating high school, such as receiving scholarships. It has allowed me to improve and learn new skills: time management, prioritizing, and self-discipline. I ,now, have the confidence to truly believe that I can do whatever I want to. My project on the heart and cardiac arrest and my mentor have inspired me to become a cardio-surgeon. The scholarship will help me pursue my studies as I don't come from a wealthy family.
Glothen Steve Sirisegaram, Third Year Univ.


Through the PMC program, my public speaking skills have grown vastly. Now, I have no fear in public speaking. As well, it has improved my research skills and basic knowledge in Forensic Science, a field which I consider to study at the university. The scholarship has given me the confidence and encouragement to strive for more and work my best.
Menal Huroy, Second Year Unversity


My experience in the PMC mentoring program has given me confidence and allows me to reach beyond what I believed my capabilities to be. It had helped to develop the required skills to be a successful student: leadership, communication and analytical skills. My project, The Brain and Memory, and my mentor have greatly influenced my career in neuroscience, a subject that I had not even considered before this great experience. The scholarship will be a financial aid In raching my goals. As a recipient of such award, I have gained self-confidence and I am encouraged to proceed with the subject that I enjoy.
Pryanga Yogalingam, University Graduate


Being a Prime Mentors student has had a long lasting impact on me because of Prime Mentor's investment in me at an early age ... seeing something in me when I did not see it myself.

Getting the right start makes all the difference. I learned a lot from my mentor, Alisha Mohammad, on my project "Energizing the Environment". I learned how to get organized, how to find information on a topic and present it in a way my classmates would understand. I was very shy and making a presentation was nerve-wracking. My mentor encouraged me, helped me practice and gave me good advice. I am very thankful to her and the opportunity that this unique program offered. PMC extends beyond the mentorship project. I was also involved on PMC 's World Council and youth leadership conferences, speaking with a panel of other PMC scholars in front of elementary graders about student success and volunteerism. The fact that I am still engaged with PMC 8 years later is a tribute to the impact of the program on me. Now, I am studying dietetics at McGill University as a Loran Scholar, a national full scholarship program, and hope to work in the field of food security.
Jiawen Zhou, Fourth Year University