Halifax Student Wins $6,000 Government Scholarship

Department of Education (to March 26, 2013)

June 27, 2007 1:46 PM

A Grade 12 student from Halifax West High School is this year's recipient of the Dr. P. Anthony Johnstone Memorial Entrance Scholarship, a $6,000 award that will help her attend the Maritime university of her choice in the fall.

Maneesha Rajora, whose family moved to Nova Scotia from Alberta in 2000, has an exemplary high school academic record and is very involved in extra-curricular activities and the community.

Ms. Rajora was a minister in the school's Multicultural Society, Halifax West High's group leader for the World Vision 30-hour famine, and organized cultural functions and presentations for the Indo-Canadian Association of Nova Scotia. Through the Community Involvement Committee, Ms. Rajora organized a fundraising event that garnered more than $2,800 to help a fellow student with cancer realize a dream through the Children's Wish Foundation.

"Based on Maneesha Rajora's accomplishments thus far, I know that she will honour her family, Halifax West High School and Nova Scotia in her future endeavours," said Education Minister Karen Casey.

In the fall, Ms. Rajora will pursue a bachelor of engineering degree at Dalhousie University.

"I was very surprised, and extremely honoured, when guidance counsellor Lea McKnight told me that I had won the scholarship. I was not expecting to be selected, knowing that many students were applying," said Ms. Rajora.

Success is not new for Ms. Rajora. She earned a Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award in Grade 10 and a Lieutenant Governor's Medal in Grade 11.

"Maneesha is an exceptional young woman. She is a leader, gets along well with others, is academically strong, and she is a respectful, kind-hearted person," said Halifax West's student government advisor and French department head Sandra Starratt.

The award is given annually to one student in the province who excels academically and displays a commitment to human rights. Ms. Rajora is the 16th person to receive the scholarship.

This year, 55 eligible applications were reviewed by the review committee.

To be eligible for the scholarship, a student must be living in Nova Scotia, graduating from a high school in the province, and beginning an undergraduate degree program in a Maritime university in the fall. The applicant must also have a demonstrated interest in multiculturalism and human rights.

Nova Scotia established the scholarship in 1991 to honour the life and work of the late Tony Johnstone, a long-time educator and human rights advocate. Dr. Johnstone devoted his life to promoting multicultural understanding and social equality.


FOR BROADCAST USE:

     A Halifax West High School student is six thousand dollars

closer to attending the Maritime university of her choice in the

fall.

     Maneesha Rajora received the prestigious Dr. Johnstone

scholarship, awarded by the province each year to a student with

an exceptional academic record and who has taken an active role

in promoting multiculturalism.

     Ms. Rajora will study engineering at Dalhousie University in

September.

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Media Contact: Kevin Finch
              Department of Education
              902-424-3150
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