Student snags $75,000 in scholarships
A Lacombe Composite High School graduate won’t have to worry about footing the bill for her university education.
Michelle Liu said earning $75,000 in scholarships will allow her to stay involved in her community and focus on her studies.
“The cost of university tuition, fees and books is high for anyone so incurring debt is a possibility,” said Liu.
Liu earned the Schulich Leader Scholarship worth $60,000 and the 2013 University of Alberta Chancellor’s Entrance Citation Scholarship worth $15,000 both over four years.
The Schulich scholarships are awarded annually to students who demonstrate excellence in academics and leadership and who plan to study science, technology, engineering or mathematics.
Liu will start in the University of Alberta’s engineering program when classes commence next month. She plans to work in the biomedicine field.
The 18-year-old said she is inspired by her peers who are doing good things in the world.
She wants to make a difference in the world.
Liu is a talented pianist who has performed several times with the Canadian University College orchestra. She was 12 when she first played with the orchestra at a benefit concert to raise money to replace aging pianos. She plays regularly at churches in Lacombe and has helped elementary students in musical theatre programs.
Music, said Liu, taught her patience, dedication and diligence.
Liu said she encourages other students to volunteer in the community for the right reasons because self-recognition should a backseat to humility. Liu said passion is important when taking on leadership roles in the community.
“You’re doing it because you really want to help others and you put the interest of others above yourself,” said Liu. “I think will help you stand out more as a leader as a true leader than just a leader who looks good on a piece of paper.”
Liu’s interest in medicine was piqued while volunteering at the Lacombe Hospital and Care Centre.