In partnership with the University of Winnipeg, Pinnacle would like to congratulate this year’s recipients of the Pinnacle Staffing Opportunity scholarships.
Two scholarships each year go to support Aboriginal students, young people from war-affected countries, or Winnipeggers from inner-city neighbourhoods who are striving for excellence, both academically and in their future careers.
Jessica Clermont is a Criminal Justice and Psychology major in her second year at the U of W. She is especially interested in how these two disciplines interrelate. “I am eager to get into this field to understand the state of criminal justice as a part of the human condition,” says Jessica.
Once finished her degree, Jessica plans to attend law school, with the eventual aim of practicing as a criminal prosecutor. “My goal is to make law accessible for everyone, even through education opportunities,” says Jessica.
Education is also a crucial part of second scholarship recipient, Motunrayo Oladele’s, future plans. Coming to Canada from her native Nigeria five years ago, she is completing an integrated Bachelor of Education degree. With it, she hopes to teach in Canada, but also to “undertake a comparative study of education in Canada and education in Nigeria, to see how each can benefit from the other”.
Motunrayo says she is passionate about fully understanding the different ways that children learn, so she can “teach with the best strategies, so that I can bring out the best in every child I come in contact with”.
This attitude of wanting to help Manitobans, from every walk of life, achieve their goals exemplifies why Pinnacle established the Opportunity scholarship in the first place.
About the award, Motunrayo says, “I was very delighted to hear about this award. It is very encouraging and it motivates me to stay in school and finish this course”.
For more information on the University of Winnipeg’s Opportunity Fund, visit http://www.uwinnipeg.ca/index/services-awd-bursaries
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