“I believe that contributing money to a university is one of the greatest gifts you can give,” says Amy Edwards, a second year student at UBC’s Okanagan campus and a recipient of the Deepak Binning Foundation Community Builder Scholarship.
Amy received one of two $3,500 scholarships after being nominated by her high school teachers for her academic excellence and leadership skills. She enrolled at UBC as a B.Sc. student, but recently transferred to the Human Kinetics program, which she felt naturally gelled with a lifelong interest in health and personal training.
“My mom is a nurse, so I grew up hearing random stories and facts about the human body,” explains Amy, who plans to pursue a career in physiotherapy. “I think that played a big part in it. Plus, it’s very intriguing. When you consider the body and how muscles work, it’s arguably the greatest machine in existence. I want to be able to help people who get hurt, to teach them how to exercise and care for themselves.”
Enrolling at UBC Okanagan was a no-brainer for Amy, who says she always planned to attend because it had an excellent reputation and allowed her to stay close to her home in Vernon, BC.
Since becoming a part of the UBC community, Amy enthusiastically describes what she calls a welcoming “family” atmosphere, but emphasizes the importance the scholarship played in helping her adapt to university life.
“Receiving this scholarship allowed me to focus less on the cost of supplies, books, and courses. It made the first year transition a lot easier. It costs a lot to go to university. If you don’t have the money, it can be hard to focus on what you are there to do.”
The Deepak Binning Foundation Community Builder Scholarship was named after Inderjeet Deepak Binning, who died of cancer shortly after graduating from Richmond’s J.H. Cambie Secondary School in 1999. His friends and family subsequently created the Deepak Binning Foundation in 2000, which endows two scholarships of $3,500 to students entering the Okanagan campus from high schools across the Southern Interior of BC.
“I was stressed out,“ says Amy. “Receiving this scholarship let me focus on what I was actually there to do, which is study. I’d encourage anyone to give money to a university, because I know you can help someone’s future a lot.”