Scholarship Information 2019 Application 2018 Winners Past Winners

 

2018 PAST PRESIDENT’S SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION

Now in its twelfth 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 Stratus, TREBhome.com, 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 1500-word (minimum) essay.

We offer the 2018 winners our congratulations and best wishes for their future studies. 

 The first place winners are Kristina Miller and Tega Aror

The second place winners are Milen Negash and Alex Hu.  

We thank all scholarship applicants for their submissions and 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 416-443-8146 or cshallhorn@trebnet.com

 


 

2018 Winners

In April 2017, the Ontario government released its Fair Housing Plan, which included the imposition of a 15 per cent Non-Resident Speculation Tax in the Greater Golden Horseshoe Area. In your opinion, was it wise to implement this tax on foreign buyers of homes? Why or why not?

FIRST PLACE


Kristina Miller

 

 

SECOND PLACE


Milen Negash

 

Governments at all levels have announced changes or proposals to address affordability issues when it comes to both ownership and rental housing across the Greater Golden Horseshoe. Do you think recent measures such as a possible Toronto vacancy tax, the new OSFI mortgage stress test for uninsured mortgages, the Ontario Fair Housing Plan, and short-term rental (home sharing economy) regulations in Toronto are adequate to address affordability concerns?

FIRST PLACE


Tega Aror

 

 

SECOND PLACE


Alex Hu


 

2018 Winners' BIOS

Kristina Miller has been passionately pursuing the arts since early childhood and has been professionally acting for over a decade. To prepare for her post-secondary education, Kristina attended Baythorn Public School and Westmount Collegiate Institute for their specialized arts programs. She will be attending Brock University in the upcoming fall semester for theatrical performance (dramatic arts). Kristina's future aspirations are to be an actress performing on stage and television. She would like to continue to teach Zumba to children and adults to promote the importance of health, fitness and active living. She is also planning to continue professional photography, specializing in the areas of portraits, landscapes, wildlife, events, and real estate.

Tega Aror has accepted an offer to pursue a Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Western Ontario in the fall. In the future, she wishes to diversify her career in the arts between performing, teaching, writing, producing, etc., to ultimately share her love of music and performance with others in every way possible and continually increase her quality of life.

Milen Negash will be attending York University in the fall under Undecided Major (BA), with an interest in International Development and Human Rights & Equity Studies. In the future, she would like to work in the field of Equity Studies, such as with TDSB on the Enhancing Equity Task Force as an equity advisor.

Alex Hu has decided to study business at New York University's Stern School of Business. In the future, he would love to be able to work in sports business, data analytics, or consulting, and to one day start his own business.


 

Past Winners

2017
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

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
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