By MARGUERITE CORRIVEAU
Originally Published: May 10, 2012
Three Vanier students received scholarships from the Regroupement des fondations collégiales de Montréal at the Recognition Gala for RFCM Scholarships for the Next Generation held on May 1, 2012. This year’s Vanier winners are from left to right in the photo: Jessica Benady-Chorney, Health Science, Giovanna Arcuri, OST: Micropublishing and Hypermedia; and Christopher Simeone, Special Care Counselling.
Every year, the Regroupement des fondations collégiales de Montréal awards three students from each of the 12 cégeps on the Island of Montreal a scholarship of $1,000 each. The Regroupement is supported in its mission by industry and leaders in education. Students with a good academic record, who have shown commitment to their studies and to college life through extracurricular activity, and who have been endorsed by an employee of the College are eligible to enter.
Jessica devotes large amounts of her time volunteering in her community, including helping out at the Lakeshore General Hospital, in shelters and charity farms. Jessica is a member of the school’s Key Society, tutors other students and is on the Dean’s Honour List every semester. She plans to study Medicine at McGill University.
Giovanna is a regular Dean’s Honour Roll student studying Micropublishing and Hypermedia. Many of her designs have won contests at Vanier. For example, her poster was used to publicize La Semaine de la francophonie at Vanier as well as the Big Band Benefit Concert. Giovanna has been taking dance classes for years and this experience has motivated her to start her own business, Shimmy Entertainment, which offers choreographies and belly dancing at events. She plans to pursue her studies in Art History at Concordia University.
Christopher Simeone is committed to changing the way disabilities, especially learning disabilities, are perceived and dealt with in the academic environment. His work in Special Care Counselling will lead him toward a position where he can make a significant contribution to changes to curriculum and to promoting greater awareness of the challenges faced by those with disabilities. Christopher is a member of the Learning Disability Association of Quebec and volunteers by giving workshops, as well as being a mentor for new students and a member of the Vanier Ambassadors for Student Services.