Announcing the Newest Circle of Fellows Scholarship Winners

Jun 7, 2022

Corpus Christi College is delighted to welcome six new Junior Fellows – the largest group of Circle of Fellows scholars in the award’s history.

Junior Fellows in the Circle of Fellows scholarship program are dedicated, empathetic team players who have the vision and desire to change the world for the better.

The newest cohort of young scholars has demonstrated a particularly strong sense of character, service, and leadership in their communities, adapting to major social challenges, especially those brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, in order to bring people together and make meaningful change in their communities. In addition to the extensive leadership and volunteer experience, every recipient demonstrated academic excellence, with each winner having an “A” admissions average.

Recipients were selected from a competitive field of high school applicants and underwent a comprehensive evaluation process including a multi-part written application and panel interviews with staff and faculty. Through the Circle of Fellows scholarship, they will benefit from a 2-year scholarship inclusive of tuition and co-curricular support, as well as personalized mentorship; guaranteed opportunities for service, leadership, and internships; and participation in a dynamic network of scholars and respected industry leaders.

Starting Fall 2022, the following students will join second-year students Anthony De Lazzari and Sawyer Drummond as Circle of Fellows Junior Fellows at Corpus Christi College.

Lindsay De Souza

St. Thomas More Collegiate
Lindsay has held leadership roles in Beyond Borders, which organizes school exchange programs, Our Lady of Mercy Youth Ministry, and the Blessed Edmund Rice Team (BERT). As a BERT leader for both junior and senior programs, she oversaw student-led initiatives like the annual Toys for Kids Drive, where students collected hundreds of toys for new immigrant families in the community, and found creative ways to boost student support for and involvement in these initiatives.

“Lindsay is an excellent academic, humanitarian and human being who shows a level of compassion and understanding not often seen at her age.”

Julia Gatchalian

Little Flower Academy
As Co-Chief Executive Officer for Good Guys Charitable Foundation, a youth-led registered non-profit organization, Julia managed an Executive Team and six school clubs across the Lower Mainland. She was also a member of her school’s Executive Student Council and Co-President of the Vancouver College Business Club. Aside from her extensive involvement in clubs and non-profit organizations, Julia is the creator of “GatchbyGatch,” a small independent custom manufacturing business through which she produces branded merchandise for school clubs.

“Julia radiates enthusiasm and compassion. She is a natural leader who has a talent for drawing the best out of other people, thus establishing a strong feeling of inclusivity.”

Samrath Gill

John Oliver Secondary School
Samrath was elected to both the John Oliver Secondary School Student Council and the Vancouver District School Council, lent his voice talents as his school’s PA announcer, and shared his passion for business and finance as the President of the John Oliver Spades Club. As a leader in his high school’s “Kindness Project” initiative, he created a collaborative school display spreading awareness about the discovery of unmarked graves of Indigenous children who were victims of the Canadian residential school system.

“Samrath balances his academic abilities with a heart for others, helping friends and classmates, both, in-class and in extracurriculars.”

Renai Jose

Little Flower Academy
Renai is the co-founder of The Giving Truck, an organization that empowers youth to spread love through random acts of kindness, including initiatives like shoreline clean-ups, menstrual hygiene product drives, and meal programs for those residing in the Downtown Eastside. Within her high school, she was Student Council President for her homeroom for several years, a leader of the One World One Heart Social Justice Conference, and a Campus Ministry Core Leader.

“What is most remarkable to me is Renai’s humility… She actively lives her faith, through both her countless volunteering endeavors and her daily compassionate interactions with her peers.”

Jessica Sangalang

St. Thomas More Collegiate
Since 2019, Jessica has been a Youth Coordinator for Vancouver’s Reaching Out Christ to Kids (ROCK) program. She helped start ROCK’s first school-based team in Canada, adapting to the constraints of the pandemic to establish the program in two elementary schools. In addition to her work with ROCK, Jessica is an ambassador for the Vancouver chapter of Girls Give Back and was Co-President of both the Mary Rice Club and the Jr. Blessed Edmund Rice Team at St. Thomas More Collegiate.

“Jessica is first and foremost a kind and gentle soul… She is highly intelligent and this intelligence is paired with a terrific work ethic.”

Keisha Walrond

McMath Secondary School
Keisha received numerous service, leadership, and academic awards throughout high school. In Grade 11, she was awarded the “Rick Hansen Difference Maker Award for Leadership” in recognition of her contributions to her community. She embraces challenges and is always eager for opportunities for self-growth. Keisha participated in the Minerva BC and Rize Girl leadership development programs in 2021, and attended the RCMP Youth Academy in Spring 2022.

“Keisha is a kind, warm, and collaborative individual who has a deep desire to make a positive impact on the world and a strong vision on how she wants to advance that.”

To the family members, educators, coaches and all those who helped these exceptional students, and to the donors who fund this scholarship program: thank you for supporting students as they work toward making their mark academically, socially and professionally!