2017 Scholarship Award Recipients

Clare Heather MacDonald

Clare Heather MacDonald (Karthiha Guruparan Award) - Clare Heather MacDonald hails from the birthplace of New Scotland, Pictou, Nova Scotia. She was a member of the 201st graduating class of Pictou Academy. She is attending Saint Francis Xavier University to pursue a Bachelor of Nursing degree. Clare is an active community member. She works with youth in her church, as a coach in minor soccer and as in school mentor with Big Brothers, Big Sisters. Clare enjoys her time with seniors as she volunteers at the Maritime Oddfellows Home and she helps her community at large through time spent helping at the Hector Heritage Quay and the deCoste Entertainment Centre. Clare was president of the student council and on just about every committee in school including spearheading the school’s food drive for the local food bank. Sports help fill the little free time Clare had as she was involved with softball, ultimate frisbee, curling and helped her soccer team win gold at provincials. Clare has also been involved in community musicals. Clare is excited about a career in nursing. She hopes to nurse in rural Nova Scotia and later spread her wings to nurse in other parts of the world.

Komahan Param

Komahan Param (Bill Winsor Award) - Komahan is a focused and resilient student who recently graduated from Upper Canada College in Toronto. He will be continuing his studies at the University of Western Ontario as a National Scholar where he will be a part of the Scholars’ Elective program and the Ivey Business School. While at UCC, Komahan balanced a rigorous and diverse academic program with a number of leadership roles both in and out school. He has volunteered his time extensively for various causes including tutoring at-risk youth, advocating for mental health and canvassing for election campaigns. He has pursued his interest in politics through his role with the World Affairs Conference and participation in the Yale Young Global Scholars program. Though successful business ventures and involvement in the entrepreneurial space, Komahan has kindled an interest in business which he hopes to develop at Western. He has spent the summer working for LEAP: The Centre for Social Impact, an organization applying the discipline of private equity investing to select, support and scale charities with quantifiable social impact. Komahan looks forward to continuing his studies this fall and the new experiences he will encounter.