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Jordynne RopatJordynne Ropat receives the President`s Medal during convocation ceremonies in 2014.

Scholarships recognize community involvement and academic achievement

Three UWindsor alumnae will receive scholarships worth $5,000 each during the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Athena luncheon Friday, October 23.

Athena scholarships reward community involvement and potential for leadership as well as academic achievement. This year’s recipients are:

Sarah Davidson (BA 2010) is graduating with a master’s degree in public health from the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at Western University. She developed a passion for the field when she travelled to Cape Town, South Africa, to volunteer in the Golden Future South Africa Project. Her commitment to community includes co-chairing the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Committee and volunteering with Workforce Windsor-Essex and WEtech Alliance. In 2014, she received the Rising Leader of the Year Award from the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Jordynne Ropat (BSc 2014) is currently studying at Western University toward her Master of Science in neuroscience. Winner of the 2014 President’s Medal in recognition of her significant contributions to campus and community activities, Ropat founded the University of Windsor’s Mental Health Awareness group and the environmental activist club UWindsor Green, as well as participating in Students Orienting Students, Connecting for Success, and the Behaviour, Cognition and Neuroscience Student Association. After the BCNSA raised over $4,000 for the Miracle League of Amherstburg, she began volunteering with the children’s charity.

Sara Santarossa (BHK 2013, MHK 2015) is pursuing doctoral studies in kinesiology under professor Sarah Woodruff. Her passion for health promotion includes her mentoring in organizations such as Leadership Advancement for Women and Sport, Kinect-Ed and YMCA. Santarossa’s leadership contributions were rewarded with the Margery Holman Legacy Award for Gender in Sport.

St. Clair College president Patti France will deliver a keynote presentation entitled “Finding a Balance between Work and Self” during Friday’s luncheon.