Sooke teen Izabelle Morin is among 44 students awarded Coast Capital’s annual Standing Tall Education Awards.
The award recognizes students across the province for their resiliency in pursuing post-secondary education.
The award is given to students who may not have access to funding through traditional sources such as parents or loan programs.
Each student received $3,500 to help with the increasing costs of tuition and living expenses.
Morin is a recent graduate of Edward Milne Secondary School.
Following the devastating 2021 wildfires in Lytton, Morin was displaced from her community and had to start over at a new school, where she faced several academic barriers.
Despite these challenges, Morin worked towards her goal of attending post-secondary school, never allowing new challenges to get in the way of her academic pursuits. She is now working towards her goal of becoming a criminal psychologist.
“Being a Standing Tall Education Award recipient helps further my education as the first of my family to attend university,” says Morin. “Receiving this award shows that all the hard work I put into my studies is paying off.”
Since its establishment 18 years ago, the program has supported over 1,000 students in funding their post-secondary studies with an investment of nearly $2.9 million.