Scholarship Winners 2020 and 2021: Gabrielle Cuff and Rachel Ma 
Guest Speakers: Previous Scholarship Winners for 2019 : Joshua Harrison Maul and Hshmat Sahak
Friday,  September 17, 2021 - Time: 12:00 Noon to 1:15 PM
Rotary Virtual Meeting via TEAMS! 
Topic:  Scholarship Award Winners for 2021
Host:  Chair Scholarship Project Team, Pauline Lyons 
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Keynote Speaker Biography

Gabrielle Cuff - 2020 Scholarship Winner

Gabrielle wholeheartedly believes that having an education is key in life. For that reason, she has always taken her education seriously and strives to put forth her best efforts throughout her academic career. Over the years, she was honoured to be the valedictorian of her graduating grade eight class, continuously making honour roll in high school, and she graduated high school with distinction and a subject award in World Issues.

As she embarks upon her post-secondary journey last year, she was also able to complete her first year at the University of Toronto as a Dean's List Scholar and with an overall GPA of 3.75. She looks forward to achieving a 4.0 at the end of her second year. 

Gabrielle has decided to pursue a career as a lawyer. She is desirous of obtaining an internship opportunity that will provide her with valuable experience.


Rachel Ma - 2021 Scholarship Winner

Rachel is a curious student who resists apathy and strives to leave positive impacts. She is a leader, who takes initiative, is reliable, and fosters openness and new ways of working. Rachel is thoroughly involved in her community and known for her professionalism and approachability.

She volunteers in her church’s kids’ ministry as a teacher and mentor to toddlers. She deeply enjoys language-learning and various crafts. Her current and ever growing language database includes French, Mandarin, Shanghainese, and ASL.
In her tenure at A. Y. Jackson Secondary School, Rachel excelled in academics and extra-curricular activities. She has been a constant excellence honour roll student, maintaining above a 90 percent average every year. Her average in the grade 12 was 98 percent. 
Rachel will be studying at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. Her experiences with mentoring young children have revealed a great deal about both the brightness of youth and the unfortunate adversity that many children face. In her future, Rachel plans to work through inequities in the justice system, extend goodwill, and make empowering change. Rachel intends to obtain the Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Toronto. Eventually, she hopes to work in law in the public interest with a focus on underprivileged groups (such as children and immigrants).
In her free time, Rachel strives to adorn smiles on people’s faces by filming and editing videos of their travel adventures and competitions. She also enjoys creating music with her friends.

Joshua Harrison Maul - 2019 Scholarship Winner

Video Presentation Friday, September 17, 2021

Biography - September 2021

Joshua is a Rotary Club of Toronto Scholarship recipient who has just graduated from the Addictions and Mental Health Worker Program at Centennial College with High Honours. Due to COVID-19 Joshua adapted to the online world of college for his second year in the program. Now graduated Joshua earned an overall 4.3 GPA in his major as well as in his minor in Indigenous Studies. Moving forward Joshua has achieved a full-time position in Clinical Operations at Telus Health. He will be saving earnings to fund further education to achieve a Bachelor of Arts in a discipline related to Addictions and Mental Health. Joshua has persevered through online college learning showing the resilience that he has had since he received the scholarship from the Rotary Club of Toronto in 2019. With the Scholarship Joshua learned how to be a mental health professional and will be able to practice some of those skills at his new job with Telus Health.
Hshmat Sahak – 2019 Scholarship Winner

Video Presentation Friday, September 17, 2021


Hshmat is a third year Engineering Science student at University of Toronto and a recipient of
the 2019 Rotary Club of Toronto Scholarship.
He was awarded the Dean’s Scholarship of Excellence Award by the Applied Science and Engineering Faculty of the University of Toronto
at the end of first year, and received The Second Garnet W. McKee-Lachlan Gilchrist Geophysics Scholarship, which is awarded to the student who ranks second in second-year
Engineering Science.
He is passionate about machine learning and robotics research,particularly developing novel robot control and learning algorithms, as well as testing these models in real life simulations.
He sincerely appreciates the support of The Rotary Club ofToronto who value higher education and who have gone above and beyond their duty to reach out to their communities and change the lives of students for the better.