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June 2021

Introducing Mathis Bourassa, 2021 McEuen Scholar

After months of reviewing 2021 applications, Mathis Bourassa has been awarded this year's McEuen Scholarship.

Mathis is a Bromont, Quebec, native and attended high school in Granby. For Cégep, Mathis wanted to push himself academically and went in search of better opportunities. This led to post-secondary studies in Montreal at Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf.

During his two years at Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf, Mathis held the treasurer position for the student association and started a major initiative. With COVID19 putting a pause on most extracurricular activities, it was Mathis' idea to turn the under utilized funds into the first student managed investment fund. Eighty-five percent of the funds are now used to provide students without the financial means with a scholarship to attend the school. The remaining 15 percent is to be reinvested to generate more capital to fund the following year’s scholarships. Impressive!

Mathis will be attending St. Andrews in the fall where he will be entering the four-year honours program in financial economics. He said he knew early on that he wanted to study economics as the program is world-renowned and unique in itself.

Mathis first heard about the McEuen Scholarship through a past recipient, Katherine LaCroix, who also graduated from Jean-de-Brébeuf. He told us he made it his goal to work hard for two years to merit the scholarship. “The scholarship gives me the opportunity to study abroad, which will challenge me to get even more involved in my community and make a difference,” Mathis said.

Once he arrives at St. Andrews, Mathis is most excited about exploring the town, checking out the local golf courses, meeting new people and experiencing life in Scotland.

Congratulations Mathis!

Where are they now? 

The foundation caught up with Emma Archibald and Kasey Killam, to hear about where and what they are doing now, post graduation. 

Emma Archibald - 2012 recipient 
Originally from Bedford, Nova Scotia, Emma graduated from St. Andrews with a Joint BSc (Honours) in Biology and Economics. Post graduation in 2016, Emma moved into financial advisory in London. Her work initially was focused on due diligence, but in her later years in this field she moved into project management for integrations and separations. Now, she is currently a consultant for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia, the regulatory and licensing body for physicians in the province. She is also completing her Master's in Health Administration at Dalhousie University. Her role at the College is advising and implementing best practices with respect to the regulation of physician health. Essentially, this is how the College protects patients and enables physicians to practice safely when impaired by illness. Her thesis for her Master's will help inform this work. 

We asked Emma to share some advice to future McEuen Scholars. This is what she said: “St. Andrews is one of the top universities in the UK; the education you'll receive will be best in class. But what makes St. Andrews so unique are all the opportunities for learning outside the classroom. With an international student body, more clubs and societies than you could name, and its proximity to the rest of Europe, there are endless possibilities to explore and grow. So my advice would be to take advantage of those opportunities, as it will really enrich your time in this small, seaside Scottish town.”

Kasey Killam - 2015 recipient 
Kasey is a New Brunswick native who received the McEuen Scholarship in 2015. She graduated from St. Andrews with a BSc in Chemistry and was involved with multiple extracurriculars. After pursuing an MSc in Brewing and Distilling, Kasey started her career as a Spirit Supply Coordinator at a spirit bottling company in Scotland. As a Spirit Supply Coordinator, she is responsible for coordinating incoming spirit, preparing blending instructions and recipes for whisky and other spirits, and also dispatching whisky in bulk across the globe. She told the foundation that her “time at St. Andrews helped me develop the work ethic and problem-solving skills that my position requires, and The St. Andrews Quaich Society and the pubs around St. Andrews fostered my passion for Scotland's national drink!”

Her advice to future scholars is to live in the moment. As a student it can be easy to dwell on the past or to be too concerned thinking about and planning your future. Be sure to make the most of each and every moment and take time to enjoy the present.



Calling McEuen Alumni - Let's Connect 

Dear McEuen Scholarship community,

My name is Katherine Lacroix, and I am the 2018 McEuen Scholar, now a rising fourth-year student pursuing the MA (Hons) in Art History. 

In writing my yearly report for the scholarship, I came to reflect on the standstill moment the pandemic affords us to rethink and recalibrate. I thought about how the McEuen connection pointed me towards our youngest scholar, Marika Schenkels '19, a brilliant mind and bright presence. I equally felt as though I was meeting an old friend when I had the coincidental pleasure of meeting Emma Archibald '12 in January on an alumni call for a dinner-debate society of which we have both been members. I am (and this is the wonderful part!) not the only happy recipient of the Scholarship Fund's generosity, and these encounters have urged me to suggest the development of an alumni network.

Stay tuned for more details on the alumni portal in the coming weeks, as we take this opportunity to pair alumni development and the reconstruction of the Scholarship’s website.

It is therefore with great excitement that I announce, in tandem, the Scholarship’s social media campaign. Over the coming months, we will be launching Twitter and LinkedIn pages, as well upgrading our website in an effort to heighten the Scholarship’s visibility across Canada, and perhaps even beyond. We aim to continue attracting greater numbers of applicants, and from increasingly diverse backgrounds. We also hope to garner wider interest in the Scholarship, and attract funding from former scholars and new patrons. 
We will be publishing notices here, in due time, and will be very grateful should you engage with pages and posts through liking and sharing. We will continue to share our internal news and private invitations in this group and by email, and public announcements will be disseminated more broadly on Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, the website’s blog and the Foundation’s newsletter.

As ever, do not hesitate to reach out to the Foundation’s President, John Aylen, should you have any proposals for development.

We look forward to growing the Scholarship’s image and online presence with your invaluable support!

Kind regards,

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