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Student awards play a vital role at the University of Calgary.
Scholarships and bursaries recognize and reward achievement. They contribute greatly to academic success. They reduce financial barriers and they help students realize their full potential.
By alleviating the financial stress of university education, a student can focus on their studies and obtain a degree. Student awards may even be the deciding factor in a student choosing to attend UCalgary.
These awards elevate student experience by helping hard-working students pursue their dreams.
Students face growing tuition and living costs, regardless of their circumstances. On average, a typical UCalgary student living at home can expect to pay at least $8,400 for eight months of study.
For a student who moves to Calgary to study, that total can jump to close to $20,000 when residence and meal plan costs are added.
Types of awards include Entrance, Continuing Student, Professional Program, Graduating Student, Government and External.
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Sisters transform ways to give back
It’s logical to assume that the last thing on a busy medical student’s mind would be easing the financial burden of her fellow students. For Nabeela Nathoo (current MD Program/PhD Candidate) and her sister, Safia (BSc ’07, MSc’09, MBA’14), giving back to UCalgary graduate students was a family dream too urgent to set aside until the sisters were established in their own careers.
To that end, in 2015, Nabeela, who is currently training at the Cumming School of Medicine to be a clinical doctor and Safia, manager of graduate enrolment with the Faculty of Graduate Studies, created the $2,000 Nathoo Family Graduate Scholarship. Their contribution serves to not only help a student in financial need, but proves it’s possible for students to make a difference now.
Nathoo Family Graduate Scholarship
The Nathoo family’s scholarship is remarkable for more than the fact that its donors are a student and a new graduate: it’s also unusual in that it focuses on students at the graduate level. “Not a lot of families are planning for their child’s PhD,” says Lisa Young, vice-provost and dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies. “Winning a scholarship adds tremendously to a grad student’s success.”
Financial support for a graduate student eases the cost of advanced education and allows a student to focus on his or her learning with less stress.