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Children of Alumni Scholarship Recipients on a Winning Path

April 11, 2013

Sheridan’s 2013 Children of Alumni Scholarship winners may be at different stages of their educational journey but they have at least two things in common: a parent who graduated from Sheridan and an appreciation for the collaborative and real-world education the college offers. 

Alyssa Chermaz, a second-year student in the Child and Youth Worker Program, is busy applying classroom training to her co-op position at Arrabon House, a Toronto group home for girls. She has been a key volunteer for community outreach projects to help end the stigma associated with mental illness.  Alyssa made the decision to study at Sheridan following a hospital stay in January 2011 for a blood clot. Her illness and regular visits by a youth worker caused Alyssa to reassess her priorities and map out a career in social service.

“I am thankful for the experiences that led me to where I am now,” says Alyssa, who is a Peer Mentor at the Davis Campus.

Maria Francis is also grateful for the chance to take advantage of the many opportunities offered by a Sheridan education.  “I am learning to use the resources around me: networking with other students and using classroom lessons in my own life,” says the first year student in the Business Administration – Accounting Program.

Maria comes to Sheridan with an impressive volunteer record at the Trillium Health Centre in Mississauga. Since 2008, she has held a variety of positions, including high school team leader.  She is eager to expand her hands-on learning through her Sheridan co-op placements.

But most of all Maria looks forward to joining the ranks of over 120,000 Sheridan alumni. “I will have the competitive advantage and confidence of a Sheridan graduate.”

Both Maria’s and Alyssa’s fathers are Sheridan alumni: Alexander Francis (Microsoft Engineering, 1997), and Alessandro Chemaz (Industrial Mechanic Millwright, 1994).

Sheridan students with a parent who graduated from the college are eligible to apply for a $750 Children of Alumni Scholarship. Details about scholarships and bursaries at Sheridan are available here.