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Incoming Laurier student chosen for RBC Students Leading Change scholarship
Alexandra Pintea, an incoming first-year Laurier student, has been named a recipient of a Royal Bank of Canada Students Leading Change Scholarship. Pintea, who will enter Laurier’s BBA program this fall, was one of just 15 students from across Canada to receive the scholarship, and will receive $10,000 towards her education. In addition to the scholarship, she was also one of six students chosen by RBC for a Me to We volunteer trip to Kenya next May with international charity Free the Children.
RBC Regional Vice-President Paul Ledingham presented Pintea with the scholarship on Aug. 27 at a ceremony at the King and University branch across from Laurier’s Waterloo campus.
“It’s very surreal,” said Pintea. “Not only to get the scholarship, but the trip to Kenya as well, that’s going to be an incredible, life-changing experience.”
Pintea’s passion for volunteer work started when she was just a child, reading about global and local issues. As she got older, she became active locally, joining her student government at Huron Heights Secondary School in Kitchener, organizing a Relay for Life event that raised $43,000 for cancer research and leading a youth issues sub group on a city council youth advisory committee. She also gained international volunteer experience, travelling to India last summer with Free the Children to help build a school.
Her interest in global issues and passion for creating positive change drew Pintea to Laurier’s business program, where she plans to focus on international business and pursue a minor in political science.
“I’m just so excited for the overall experience, living in residence, classes, everything,” said Pintea, who is the first person in her family to attend university. “I really love the community atmosphere at Laurier. You can really feel like you’re making a difference when you’re in a community.”
The RBC Students Leading Change Scholarships recognize civic-minded students who excel in academics and are committed to making a difference in their communities. This year’s 15 recipients were selected from more than 8,000 applicants from across the country.
For more information on the RBC Students Leading Change Scholarships, click here.