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Student wins prestigious scholarship award for campus initiative

Karen Young (left) and Professor Malcolm Campbell, UTSC Dean and Vice-Principal Research, at the TEDxUTSC event.

UTSC student Karen Young can count herself among a first-rate group of Canadian college and university students recognized for their classroom engagement and initiative in enhancing the learning environment.

Young, currently in third-year psychology, was the co-chair of the first TEDxUTSC conference in 2013.  She is one of 20 recipients from across Canada to receive the 2013 McGraw-Hill Ryerson Student Scholarship Award, which goes to students showing high academic performance and personal integrity, and having a positive impact on student life through co-curricular activities.

“I was very excited to receive the award,” she says. “It really brought me the continued confidence and renewal of energy to keep going and making an impact at UTSC.”

UTSC professor Steve Joordens, who nominated her for the award, says Young’s personal engagement is an inspiring example to other students.

“Karen is always looking for new ways to engage her mind, engage the minds of her peers, and she is the sort of student who wants to make a difference.  Through her work on the first TEDxUTSC event she brought our inquisitive nature to the world, while simultaneously bringing the world to UTSC, and representing us in the best possible light,” he says.

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