Back for our second year, we are thrilled to announce the winners of the 2022 Amazon Future Engineer Scholarship. These expectational students have been awarded the opportunity to focus on studies, not finances. Ten graduating students from British Columbia, Ontario and Saskatchewan will receive $30,000 to help cover their university tuition over 4 years. They’ll also be given the opportunity to complete a paid summer internship at one of Amazon’s Canadian Tech Hubs.
The program helps students from underserved and underrepresented communities who’ve demonstrated exceptional academic performance and leadership in school, work and community activities.
Congratulations to the graduating students, Hewan Amare, Jadiha Aruleswar, Ayaan Dada, Mairah Hashmi, Savithru Kannuri, Katrina Mei, Iftier Rahman, Sidhant Sidana, Kaitlyn Wright, Leyi (William) Wu, and a special one-year, $7,500 scholarship winner Isabella Cotton.
The 10 winning students received a special delivery from Amazon to share the news.
More about the winners:
Hewan Amare (Stratford District Secondary School, Stratford, ON), studying Computer Engineering at the University of Waterloo
- Hewan was able to excel academically on top of her achievements in her school’s symphonic band and youth business group, which helped her earn the Amazon Future Engineer scholarship. Whether computer engineering takes her to the health, music, or technology industry, Hewan hopes to promote more diversity within the field and inspire other students to challenge themselves academically the way she has.
Jadiha Aruleswar (Agincourt Collegiate Institute, Scarborough, ON), studying Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo
- Jadiha worked with community organizations like HackerGal to film programming tutorials for a hackathon for over 150 girls. She also founded the STEM Fellowship Toronto Chapter, a mentorship program that equips students with skills in data science and scholarly writing through events and panels.
Ayaan Dada (St. Francis Xavier Secondary School, Mississauga, ON), studying Computer Science at the University of Waterloo
- Ayaan is a dedicated volunteer with Canada Learning Code and the Peel Environmental Youth Alliance and is head of the Homework Help program for refugee and immigrant students in his community.
Mairah Hashmi (Danforth Collegiate and Technical Institute, Toronto, ON), studying Computer Engineering at the University of Waterloo
- Mairah has devoted herself to bringing technology to youth through volunteer mentorship roles with Canada Learning Code, Recess Hacks and the Centre for Immigrant & Community Services.
Savithru Kannuri (Glenforest Secondary School, Mississauga, ON), studying Life Sciences at the University of Toronto
- Savithru was an active member of the Peer Helpers club throughout high school and helped organize an annual STEM conference at his school by coordinating the experts and engaging other aspiring STEM students to attend.
Katrina Mei (Ursula Franklin Academy, Toronto, ON), studying Computer Science at Toronto Metropolitan University
- Katrina flexed her coding skills through her school’s hackathon and computer science classes and furthered her learning outside of the classroom by creating games with Unity and solving computer programming problems.
Leyi (William) Wu (Unionville High School, Markham, ON), studying Computer Science at the University of Toronto
- Leyi is the first graduate of the STEM program at Unionville High School, where he explored all the different avenues of the field.
Iftier Rahman (Scarborough Academy for Technological, Environmental and Computer Sciences at W.A. Porter Collegiate Institute, Scarborough, ON) studying Track One Engineering at the University of Toronto
- Iftier co-founded a STEM club at his school and hosted events and workshops on topics like web development and machine learning. During the pandemic, he also developed a pop-up vaccine clinic locator for his community.
Sidhant Sidana (David Thompson Secondary, Vancouver, BC), studying Applied Science at the University of British Columbia
- Sidhant has always been curious about the practical applications of concepts taught in class. This drove him to pursue innovative projects outside of his studies. He is a Vancouver South Youth Council member, and has worked with various Non-profit organizations, including HelpAge India, in organizing different community endeavours.
Kaitlyn Wright (Delisle Composite School, Delisle, Saskatchewan), studying Computer Science at the University of Saskatchewan
- Aside from receiving a collection of awards for achievements in high school math and her near-perfect grades (with a 99.3% for grades 10-12), Kaitlyn’s accomplishments include producing a fully functional 2D video game in just 24 hours, helping her school’s yearbook committee go digital, and lending her graphic design and animation skills to assist local businesses.
A special one-year, $7,500 CAD scholarship has also been awarded to, Isabella Cotton (Kelowna, BC), who will be pursuing a one-year General Engineering program at Okanagan College.
- Isabella has a passion for outer space, and her environmental and sustainability advocacy was among the achievements that helped her earn the scholarship. In addition to organizing a number of charitable and environmental fundraisers, she recently travelled to Japan to present at an international sustainability conference.