ChemE students recognized for academic and extracurricular excellence

From varsity track stars to aerospace team leaders, 10 remarkable undergraduate students were honoured by the Ontario Professional Engineers Foundation for Education (OPEFE) for excelling both within and beyond the classroom.

Scholarships totalling $15,000 were presented to students at a reception held in U of T’s Galbraith Building on March 19.

“It’s an honour to present the OPEFE scholarships to a group of students who are both academically accomplished and leaders in extracurricular programs,” said Marisa Sterling (ChemE 9T1), P.Eng., president of OPEFE. “A $1,500 award can go a long way. I see the scholarship as the equivalent of what students would be paid at a minimum-wage part-time job — freeing up their time to focus on innovations and technology that will impact society.”

Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) established OPEFE in 1959 and it remains one of U of T Engineering’s longest-running partnerships. OPEFE’s scholarships are funded by contributions from professional engineers across the province and in-kind support from organizations such as PEO and the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers.

Several students expressed gratitude for the generosity of those who came before them.

“University is a really stressful time — and I always thought that I would have to work a part-time job while studying,” said Molly Gorman (Year 3 ChemE + PEY), one of the 10 scholarship recipients. “But I quickly realized that wasn’t a possibility. Awards like the OPEFE scholarship have allowed me to grow so much as a person, and in my spare time to take on leadership roles and truly discover why I enrolled in engineering in the first place.”

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