Kemp, who has lived in Calgary for most of her life, says she was drawn to UCalgary for its world-class education and research opportunities, as well as the fact that she could stay close to her family.
Her volunteer experience includes working with the Distress Centre Calgary, as a crisis line volunteer, and with Engineers Without Borders and many UCalgary clubs — all of which have taught her about volunteerism, community, social impact and gratitude.
She was an education representative on the McCaig Institute Trainee Committee. In her role, she acted as the student voice on projects aimed at improving the education experience for the institute.
UCalgary offers a very warm and inclusive student experience for both graduate studies and undergraduate studies, says Kemp. “Through student clubs, health and wellness initiatives and excellent academic programs, UCalgary really puts the students first.”
She recognizes that student awards and scholarships such as the one she’s received provide students with incredible financial support, recognizes their hard work and allows them to pursue exceptional career opportunities.
Dr. Robin Yates, vice-provost and dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies echoes that sentiment and the importance of student awards at the graduate level.
“The Nathoo Family Graduate Scholarship is a unique award in that the donors, Safia and Nabeela Nathoo, have a deep connection to our graduate community rooted in their own experiences as UCalgary graduate students,” says Yates. “In creating this scholarship, they recognized that financial support can be a major key to success during a graduate program. Student awards allow students to expand their graduate experiences with opportunities like attending conferences and workshops, accessing specialized resources and more. Donor support for our graduate students helps ensure the University of Calgary is creating a world-class environment for graduate studies.”
Philanthropy also fosters community in tangible and meaningful ways, says Kemp, connecting philanthropists, organizations, institutions and individuals. “It creates discourse around important causes and provides resources to those causes. Philanthropy is a true act of kindness and selflessness.”
When Kemp sees others, like the Nathoo sisters, demonstrate a commitment to family and their greater community, she’s motivated to continue with these activities in her own life.
What spare time she has, she loves to spend outdoors, skiing both downhill and backcountry in the winter, hiking, backpacking and cycling in the summer, and dancing with the Ember Dance Company.
“I am absolutely humbled to have been awarded this scholarship, and I thank the Nathoo sisters for their commitment to their university and its students,” says Kemp.
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