The co-op program at Waterloo Engineering was a major draw for an incoming student who will start her studies this fall with backing from a prestigious scholarship worth up to $100,000.

Anson Yu of Langley, BC, is the latest Loran Scholar to choose Waterloo after landing a four-year scholarship aimed at finding and supporting high-potential young Canadians.

“We believe that integrity, courage, grit and personal autonomy are better indicators of overall potential than standard academic measures,” the Loran Scholars Foundation said in an announcement.

Yu, one of 36 scholarship recipients for 2020 selected from an initial pool of more than 5,100 applicants across the country, will study systems design engineering at Waterloo.

“Despite classes being online in the fall, I am still beyond excited to join the Warrior community,” she said, adding she picked Waterloo Engineering because it “helps connect the classroom with the workplace with its career-oriented co-op program.”

A graduate of R.E. Mountain Secondary School, Yu led a national youth team for a charity that empowers children with disabilities and established the first beehive at her school.

She also advocates for environmental causes through videography and photojournalism, and works as a graphic designer and a debate coach for underprivileged elementary students.

'It means I don't have to worry'

“It means I don’t have to worry about being a financial burden, that I have a family of like-minded individuals, and that I am exposed to unique opportunities,” she said of the scholarship.

The scholarship includes an annual $10,000 living stipend, matching tuition waiver at a partner university and up to $10,000 in funding for summer internships, plus one-on-one mentorship, yearly retreats and social gatherings.

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