Deborah Emilia Solomon (Year 1 ChemE) came home one day to find a bulging envelope from the University of Toronto. Inside she found confirmation she had received one of the inaugural Pearson scholarships, a new prestigious and competitive U of T award for undergraduate international students.
“I was overjoyed. I just started crying,” she said. “I was going through so many emotions at that moment because I struggled so much wondering where I would go next.”
This fall, Solomon, a student from India, will join three other recipients of the Lester B. Pearson International Scholarships in first year at U of T Engineering. Named after Canada’s 14th prime minister, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and U of T graduate Lester Bowles Pearson, the scholarship recognizes exceptional academic achievement, creativity, leadership potential and community involvement. It covers tuition, books, incidental fees and residence costs for four years. Read full story.