Congratulations to Cara De Abreu, the 2016 recipient of the Dr. Shauna Devine Leadership Award. Cara De Abreu joined the Olympian swimming organization four years ago, at the age 12 and swam in our Olympic Way Program. From there she joined our competitive swim team and swam in the Pro-B group. She is currently a swim instructor for levels 1-3 at the Midland location. Cara is truly a pleasure to have as a member of our staff. She brings with her an unparalleled enthusiasm for her coaching, an impressive knowledge of the sport and a desire for excellence in all areas that she works. Cara is currently enrolled in the University of Toronto’s BBA management program specializing in economics. After completing her undergraduate degree in business, she plans to pursue a Master’s degree in Global Management followed by a career in international business. We are thrilled to support Cara and wish her the very best in her academic and career pursuits!
Congratulations to Lauren Wensing, the 2015 recipient of the Dr. Shauna Devine Women’s Initiative Scholarship. Lauren Wensing began working at the Olympian School of Swimming, Bullock location almost three years ago. She has worked in a variety of capacities including as a swim instructor, day camp counsellor and senior desk administrator. Lauren is truly a pleasure to have as a member of our staff. She brings with her an unparalleled enthusiasm for her coaching, an impressive knowledge of the sport and a desire for excellence in all areas that she works. Lauren is currently attending the University of Guelph and working towards a Bachelor of Science Co-op in Microbiology. After completing her undergraduate degree she plans to pursue her master’s degree in epidemiology, and begin a career in viral out break research.
We are thrilled to support Lauren and wish her the very best in her academic and career pursuits!
Congratulations to Emma Peppler, the 2014-15 recipient of the Dr. Shauna Devine Leadership Award. Emma Peppler has been a member of the Olympian swimming organization both as a swimmer and instructor for a number of years. She is currently entering her first year in the Honours Bachelor of Business Administration Co-op Program at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario. After the completion of her undergraduate degree she plans to complete an MBA after which time she hopes to open her own Sports and Entertainment Marketing firm. Olympian Swimming is thrilled to support Emma and we wish her all the best in her academic and career pursuits!
Congratulations to Melissa Quinn, the 2013-14 recipient of the Dr. Shauna Devine Women's Initiative Scholarship. Melissa Quinn began swimming at the Olympian School of Swimming in our Blue Program at the age of 8. An exceptional athlete and swimmer, Melissa joined our staff as an instructor and coach at the age of 15. She has distinguished herself among our instructors, and has proven invaluable as a teacher in our in-service training programs. Melissa is entering her second year in the Civil Engineering Program at the University of Toronto. We are thrilled to support Melissa and wish her all the best in her academic and career pursuits!
Empowering Young Women: The Dr. Shauna Devine Women's Initiative Scholarship
The Shauna Devine Leadership Award encourages and promotes exceptional female students who have demonstrated scholarship and academic excellence, leadership, community service and/ or entrepreneurship. Dr. Shauna Devine has launched this award, which responds to one of her core missions of empowering women through education to be the leaders of today and tomorrow. The initiative engages young women from Olympian Swimming to pursue an undergraduate or graduate degree in business, science/math, technology or medicine. Submissions are evaluated based on candidate essays, which outline goals and research objectives while attending university. Consideration will also be given to academic performance, community involvement, leadership qualities and extracurricular activities.
Scholarship Value: $3,500 Duration: 12 months Application Deadline: September 1, 2016 Results Announced: September 15, 2016
Due to the high number of submissions, only those who have won the award will be contacted.
Eligibility to Apply:
Be applying for support to pursue an undergraduate or graduate degree at any recognized university in Canada or abroad in the maths/sciences; business; technology; sciences or medicine
Proof of acceptance to a recognized university in Canada or abroad
Be a female member or female staff member of the Olympian Swimming Organization
You must be registered in a full time program at a recognized university when the award is issued
Have at least one or more of the following:
a) demonstrated a leadership role in a community endeavour and/or school project and/or b) a record of entrepreneurial achievement c) notable achievements in maths/sciences
Ensure that you meet all eligibility requirements
Please submit one written evaluation from a suitable referee (this should be a teacher or professor familiar with your work, goals and leadership)
One 500-1000 word essay outlining career, research objectives and why women's advocacy remains important today