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Local students receive $100-K scholarship


Two students from this province have been chosen as recipients of the prestigious Loran Award.

The scholarship grants Grade 12 students Nitish Bhatt of Gonzaga and Noubahar Hasnain of Mount Pearl Senior High School up to $100,000 over four years for their post-secondary education.

When The Telegram spoke with the two youths last month after they found out they were finalists, Hasnain said it meant more to her than money.

"It’s the program itself,” she said. “It offers so many other opportunities. It has funding for summer internships, it offers a really vast networking collaboration. ... They mentor you as you go through university, and so you have their support, which is nice.”

Hasnain, who is heavily involved in school and community groups and is a member of the Premier's Youth Advisory Council, was named Mount Pearl Female Youth of the Year in 2015. She hopes to become a civil engineer, and has dreams of starting a fashion business. Hasnain is the first person from Mount Pearl Senior High School to be chosen as a Loran scholar.

Bhatt is also very active in volunteer and leadership roles, working with groups such as the Canadian Blood Services, his school's social justice club and Tunza Eco Generation. He created United4Literacy, an organization that supports education in rural southern India, when he was in Grade 6. Bhatt said he would like to study engineering.

Hasnain and Bhatt are among 31 students from across the country to receive the scholarship this year. They were chosen from 4,273 applicants.

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The scholarship grants Grade 12 students Nitish Bhatt of Gonzaga and Noubahar Hasnain of Mount Pearl Senior High School up to $100,000 over four years for their post-secondary education.

When The Telegram spoke with the two youths last month after they found out they were finalists, Hasnain said it meant more to her than money.

"It’s the program itself,” she said. “It offers so many other opportunities. It has funding for summer internships, it offers a really vast networking collaboration. ... They mentor you as you go through university, and so you have their support, which is nice.”

Hasnain, who is heavily involved in school and community groups and is a member of the Premier's Youth Advisory Council, was named Mount Pearl Female Youth of the Year in 2015. She hopes to become a civil engineer, and has dreams of starting a fashion business. Hasnain is the first person from Mount Pearl Senior High School to be chosen as a Loran scholar.

Bhatt is also very active in volunteer and leadership roles, working with groups such as the Canadian Blood Services, his school's social justice club and Tunza Eco Generation. He created United4Literacy, an organization that supports education in rural southern India, when he was in Grade 6. Bhatt said he would like to study engineering.

Hasnain and Bhatt are among 31 students from across the country to receive the scholarship this year. They were chosen from 4,273 applicants.

telegram@thetelegram.com

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