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Student Success

Meet Daniel
Cellular and Molecular Biology, 2nd-year student

A recipient of multiple student awards, including the Access to the Future Scholarship, the Faculty of Science and Technology Scholarship and a chemistry scholarship, Daniel says being a student award recipient validates all of the hard work he puts into his studies. The relief of some of the financial burden allows him to focus even more on what he is at MRU to do, enriching the entire experience.

“Your generous support is not an anonymous contribution of goodwill. I am writing to let you know that you have positively impacted my life substantially, and I cannot thank you enough for helping provide this opportunity for me to study and work toward my dream of being a physician.”

Daniel is making an effort to give back as much as he can, starting with the Mount Royal community. An active student leader and volunteer with several different campus organizations, when Daniel is not helping students through the Peer Learning Program, he is leading a team of Peer-to-Peer Mental Health Educators, facilitating an Inquiring Mind Workshop, or presenting at other workshops and conferences. On top of all of this, he represents MRU and students across the country on a technical committee generating a national standard for post-secondary students’ mental health and well-being.

Meet Ashlynn
Alumnus, Bachelor of Business Administration - BBA, Accounting 2019

When Ashlynn was 16 she was diagnosed with Chiari malformation type 1, syringomyelia and scoliosis. At a time when most of her friends were thinking about high school graduation and post-secondary choices, Ashlynn was faced with multiple brain surgeries, rehabilitation and a lot of unknowns about what kind of future she could have.
Determined to be independent and not defined by her illness, Ashlynn enrolled at Mount Royal University. During her second year at MRU, Ashlynn was also diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, resulting in chronic pain every single day. Ashlynn’s pain was frequent and debilitating, and she wasn’t sure she could continue her studies. Ashlynn was on the verge of quitting when something remarkable happened. She received an email saying she received a scholarship. To Ashlynn this was the sign she needed to show her that she was meant to finish school.

“Receiving the memorial scholarship meant more than just financial help. It showed me that there are people out there looking to recognize my story and give me the push I need to further my education”

Today, thanks to support like yours, Ashlynn is employed at one of the big four accounting firms in Calgary and will be pursuing her CPA designation and partner track there.

Meet Joe
Bachelor of Arts - BA, Anthropology, 2nd-year student

It was the support from the community and the generosity of donors that inspired Joe to not only pursue a university education but also create a nonprofit organization, mentor other students and create student clubs.

Plant was living overseas when a tragic death happened in his family back in Alberta. The community rallied to help Plant and his family through this trying time. It was then that he decided to go back to university and get the qualifications he needed to have a career where he could give back to others.

Plant founded Generation Indigenous, a nonprofit helping to foster reconciliation between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous communities and current and future generations of Indigenous people. With bountiful energy and commitment, he also is a mentor for other Indigenous students and started two student clubs at Mount Royal — one focused on classic novels and the other on anthropology.

Not a day goes by that he isn’t grateful for the scholarships he has received and the incredible resources on campus made possible because of generous donors.

“Thank you so much — not just from me, but from all the students who came before me and will come after me. You make a difference and for that we are grateful!”