Troop 17 Scholarship winners
Named after the first troop of women hired as regular members of the RCMP, Troop 17 Scholarships are awarded to full-time college or university students who've made significant efforts to prevent bullying or harassment in their schools and communities.
Olivia Dey, Oshawa, Ontario
"Thank you for acknowledging my effort to prevent bullying and harassment in my community. Being a victim of racial bullying during my grade school days almost took my life. I was broken and traumatized, but sports helped me get my life back. Two years ago, I founded 'Just Like a Girl' for marginalised and racialized girls to help them become confident and powerful through sports. It was amazing to watch a group of shy, frightened girls coming to play water polo and turning in a team of fierce, confident girls by the end of the camp. It hurts to be bullied, but through experience, I learned to how stand up against bullies and take control of my life. This is what I want to teach girls in my community."
Donovan Matteo Faraoni, Sherbrooke, Quebec
"I am proud to receive the Troop 17 scholarship, a visible representation of how diversity strengthens our society and institutions. My efforts to raise awareness of systemic racism as a form of institutional bullying began in secondary school, through the use of print and online media. The most rewarding part of campaigning against systemic racism is seeing greater awareness among my peers of this subtle and destructive form of bullying. By asking vital questions and having respectful discussion, we're making progress."
Amber Cora Grouchy, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
"It's with great appreciation that I received the RCMP Troop 17 Scholarship. This generous token of recognition will support my endeavours in university, where I intend to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree. As adolescents, I believe the world is in our hands and we are responsible for shaping the future. I take great pride in knowing that I'm part of the change I want to see happen. I worked with teachers and other students to create the first Diversity club in our school division. Our goal was to create a safe space for students and to take a stand against oppression. I'd like to thank the RCMP for providing this scholarship and for allowing students like me to be acknowledged for their efforts."
Taylor Ashley Marie Hennessey, Lumsden, Saskatchewan
"I would like to thank the RCMP for the Troop 17 Scholarship. This recognition gives me the opportunity to share my story with more people than I could have hoped. I won the scholarship for creating a safe space at my school for LGBTQ+ youth, which I hope will have an influence for generations to come. Everyone should have a place where they feel they belong, that's what I strive for to this day. You meet so many amazing people during your high school experience and I wouldn't have accomplished what I did without them. Thank you to everyone who's supported me in my journey."
Amen Okungbowa, Toronto, Ontario
"The Troop 17 scholarship is a significant source of financial support for me and it will help me excel in my university education. Being able to promote diversity and inclusivity in my school community was an experience that was dear to me. Dance performances and events that displayed different aspects of various African cultures helped dispel cultural misconceptions held by some students and the Black community in my school began to develop a stronger sense of belonging. This scholarship will be a constant reminder to aim for the best so that in the future, I will be in an even better position to give back to my community and to be an advocate for positive social change in society."
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