Chloe Zivot, 22
Program: Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree
Major: International Development Studies
Receiving the Summerlee Humanitarian Scholarship has been a huge honour and privilege. Due to the funding provided by the scholarship I will be able to afford school while having the freedom to pursue further research and/or practical experience in the fields of food security and health, regardless of whether these opportunities are paid ones. In the upcoming year I hope to continue my involvement in research surrounding food security, nutrition, and maternal health in indigenous communities in Canada. Further, with the help of the travel funds made available by the scholarship, I hope to pursue an internship abroad surrounding food security and maternal and child health policy, in the context of working with vulnerable populations (such as refugees and indigenous communities) in the summer of 2018.
After finishing my undergraduate degree, I hope to pursue graduate studies, which would ideally incorporate social policy, food and nutrition security, gender, and health. My current goal is to one day engage in the development of Canadian and/or international policy dedicated to ensuring that vulnerable populations (such as rural, low-income, refugee, or indigenous communities) have access to the resources they require to be healthy and successful, by their own terms.
My heartfelt thanks to the Angel Gabriel Foundation for the generous provision of the Summerlee Humanitarian Scholarship, an award named after a man who I think all of us students committed to humanitarian efforts can aspire to follow in the footsteps of. The scholarship has opened many doors for me, and will continue to do so for years to come. Thank you to the benefactors for their continued generosity and commitment to the students at the University of Guelph.