Happy new school year! 2010-2011 has come and gone and as 2011-2012 rings in we would like to celebrate with the announcement of the 2011 UMSigaw “Tinig ng Pilipinas” Bursary and the 2011 UPAA-UMSigaw Bursary: Katrina Mae Soriano and Coleen Isabel Valdez.
Katrina Soriano hailed from Shaftesbury High School, graduating with an honour in distinction in chemistry and pre-calculus and received an MTS Scholarship as well as a U of M Entrance Scholarship. Having been involved with the Envirothon and Shaftesbury High Altitude Robotics Project, she will be entering the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Manitoba with a focus on Electrical Engineering. Currently, Katrina aspires to continue on to pursue a master’s degree upon graduation. Having been involved in these academic competitions and already in a extra-curricular program at the U of M, the bursary committee deemed Katrina most qualified for the UMSigaw “Tinig ng Pilipinas” Bursary.
Coleen Valdez graduated from Sisler High School as an honours-level student with glowing recommendations. Before coming to Canada, of which she has only been here for a year and a half, she was involved in many humanitarian activities such as the Pontifical Mission Societies and aiding in the Typhoon Ondoy relief. After University 1 at the University of Manitoba, Coleen intends to obtain a degree in Economics or Global Political Economy in order to enter the Faculty of Law. Being previously erolled at the University of the Philippines, we found Coleen most fitted for the new joint UPAA-UMSigaw Bursary with the UP Alumni Association of Manitoba.
We wish Katrina and Coleen all the best in their scholastic endeavours, and hope that their promising beginning would help them to be the role models the Filipino community in Winnipeg will be looking forward to hear about in the future.