Scholarship Information 2017 Application 2017 Winners Past Winners

 

PAST PRESIDENT’S SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION

Now in its eleventh year, TREB's Past President's Scholarship program annually awards scholarships on behalf of REALTORS® to graduating high school seniors pursuing post-secondary education. Two $5,000 first place scholarships and two $2,500 second place scholarships are available. 

Earlier this year, applications were distributed to nearly 300 public and Catholic secondary schools in the GTA, as well as posted on TREB social media websites and scholarshipscanada.com

A record of academic achievement and a range of leadership qualities and community involvement are required for application; however, judging is based on a 1000-word (or less) essay.

We offer the 2017 winners our congratulations and best wishes for their future studies. 

The first place winners are Janae Knott and Xia (Sophia) Ge.

The second place winners are Brittany Chang-Kit and Mica Ong.  

We thank all scholarship applicants for their submissions, and we wish them much success in their future endeavours.

If you have any questions regarding the scholarship, please contact Christine Shallhorn in the Communications and Government Affairs Department at 416-443-8000 x8030 or cshallhorn@trebnet.com


In September, Janae Knott will attend the University of Toronto to study Commerce. Upon graduation, she aspires to get her CPA or CFA Designation, as business is her primary interest. However, her secondary interest is in the field of public health; therefore, she will be taking part in a number of healthcare related initiatives during her time at university (global health research, etc.). In a few years, she would like to get her Master's in Business Administration or Master's in Public Health, enabling her to either work in the field of finance or obtain a job where she can improve healthcare at a systemic level (health care optimization, etc.).

Sophia Ge will attend Western University for Engineering in the fall, and in her third and fourth years, the Ivey HBA program. She also plans on staying a fifth year to complete a double degree with Engineering and HBA. After graduating, she is interested in going into corporate law or financial services.

Brittany Chang-Kit will attend Western University for Medical Sciences in the fall. In the future, she hopes to work and be active in global healthcare.

Mica Ong will attend Western University in the fall for a Medical Sciences degree, and she hopes to become a biophysicist with a future career in prosthetics.


2017 Winners

2016 FIRST PLACE WINNERS

1) Do you think better transportation infrastructure would improve housing affordability in the GTA? Why or why not?

by Janae Knott

1) Do you believe home ownership will be attainable for you in the future? Why or why not?

by Xia (Sophia) Ge

2016 SECOND PLACE WINNERS

2) Do you think better transportation infrastructure would improve housing affordability in the GTA? Why or why not?

by Brittany Chang-Kit

2)  Do you believe home ownership will be attainable for you in the future? Why or why not?

by Mica Ong

 


 

Past Winners

2016
1) Home ownership is widely accepted as a cornerstone of good financial planning and wealth management for individuals and families. In contrast, the benefits of home ownership on other aspects of the lives of individuals and families gets much less attention. How and why can owning a home impact non-financial aspects of individuals' and families' lives, such as social and community interaction, health and well-being, and educational achievement? by Jingyuan Helen Feng

1) Although "affordable housing" is a priority public policy issue, there is often differing and competing understandings of what this term includes. In some instances, "affordable housing" refers only to government subsidized social housing units, and in other instances it is more broadly defined to refer to the affordability of the broader, non-government subsidized, rental and ownership real estate markets. Provide an analysis of government definitions of "affordable housing", and articulate how public policies regarding "affordable housing" may or may not affect the affordability of housing in general. by Mansi Sheth

2) Home ownership is widely accepted as a cornerstone of good financial planning and wealth management for individuals and families. In contrast, the benefits of home ownership on other aspects of the lives of individuals and families gets much less attention. How and why can owning a home impact non-financial aspects of individuals' and families' lives, such as social and community interaction, health and well-being, and educational achievement? by Janet Wang

2) Although "affordable housing" is a priority public policy issue, there is often differing and competing understandings of what this term includes. In some instances, "affordable housing" refers only to government subsidized social housing units, and in other instances it is more broadly defined to refer to the affordability of the broader, non-government subsidized, rental and ownership real estate markets. Provide an analysis of government definitions of "affordable housing", and articulate how public policies regarding "affordable housing" may or may not affect the affordability of housing in general. by Tiffany Bouchard
2015
1) As our changing population produces new communities, there are many considerations to be addressed in making these communities successful. Identify a key consideration that you feel needs to be addressed to ensure success. by Jacob Broz

1) How may the Pan Am Games impact the surrounding communities prior to, during, and once the games have concluded? by Andrew Kwong

2) As our changing population produces new communities, there are many considerations to be addressed in making these communities successful. Identify a key consideration that you feel needs to be addressed to ensure success. by Amy Qiu

2) How may the Pan Am Games impact the surrounding communities prior to, during, and once the games have concluded? by Fairoza Manjra
2014
1) What programs or policies would you advocate to make home ownership more attainable? by Martin Lai

1) Share your vision for the optimization of the GTA’s infrastructure, and include observations from other major international cities by Aravind Rajendran

2) What programs or policies would you advocate to make home ownership more attainable? by Eva Xu

2) Share your vision for the optimization of the GTA’s infrastructure, and include observations from other major international cities by Natalia Szatoba
2013
1) What municipal revenue sources do you think the City of Toronto might utilize for future infrastructure funding? by Michelle Kwong

1) Which is a more viable financial decision today, homeownership or renting? What do you think is the impact of this decision on society? by Maxwell Tran

2) What municipal revenue sources do you think the City of Toronto might utilize for future infrastructure funding? by Rebecca Steele

2) Which is a more viable financial decision today, homeownership or renting? What do you think is the impact of this decision on society? by Natalie Wainwright
2012
1) What initiatives could be implemented in the GTA to solve our gridlock crisis? (You may include, but are not limited to, worldwide initiatives and examples.) by Kelsey Chisamore-Johnston

1) Do you think home ownership in the GTA remains attainable and/or desirable? by Amanda Cannon

2) What initiatives could be implemented in the GTA to solve our gridlock crisis? (You may include, but are not limited to, worldwide initiatives and examples.) by Tucker McLachlan

2) Do you think home ownership in the GTA remains attainable and/or desirable? by Yusuf Sharif Yusuf
2011
1) How do you envision the ideal GTA community? (residentially and/or commercially) by Christina Chong

2) Like the “Doctors Without Borders” concept, what initiatives could be undertaken by real estate professionals? by Claire Guimond
2010
1) What impact do you think taxes, such as the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST), will have on affordability for the residential or commercial real estate consumer? by Ashley Sewrattan

2) Quality of Life is an approach that local real estate boards, associations & individual REALTORS® have adopted to demonstrate the commitment of the real estate profession to improve Quality of Life throughout the province of Ontario. What initiatives would advance the Quality of Life principles by the year 2020? by Brianna Smrke
2009
1) “What initiatives would you like to see embraced by government & real estate developers to help create environmentally conscious communities in the GTA?” by Konrad Teichman

2) “How will GTA real estate be impacted by rising energy costs & uncertain international economies?” by Cristiana Mergianian
2008
1) “How does a Grow Op/Chem Lab, operating either residentially or commercially, impact the broader community?” by Cathleen Brennan

2) “What specific modifications would you make to Ontario building practices (residentially and/or commercially) to compensate for the effects of global warming & extreme weather conditions?” by Monika Mahindra
2007
1) “Should property rights be enshrined in the Canadian Constitution?” by Adam Kahn

2) “Describe the environmentally friendly home of the future" by Rachel Johnston