2015 Looking Glass Foundation Scholarship Winners:
Each year, the Looking Glass Foundation awards $10,000 in scholarships to young people who have received or are currently receiving treatment for an eating disorder.
This year, the Looking Glass Foundation Scholarship Committee received so many compelling scholarship applications, all from inspiring young people with dreams for furthering their education. It truly was a difficult choice. (It was so difficult that, with the help of a generous anonymous donor, we even added an additional scholarship!) With heartfelt appreciation and best wishes for all our applicants, we are delighted to congratulate our 2015 Rise Above, Pursue Your Passion, and Persevere Scholarship Winners for 2015.
New This Year!
Elise Skoglund Bursary - $1000
The Elise Skoglund Bursary is funded by Elise, her family and friends. It was created to honor and recognize Elise’s own triumphs and setbacks in her struggles with the disease; as well as her many contributions to the wellness of others through her involvement in the Eating Disorder peer support community. The bursary is linked to the Persevere Scholarship and is intended to provide additional financial support and recognition for individuals pursuing academic goals.
Rise Above – In honour of the Lougheed Family, the Looking Glass Foundation awards this scholarship to someone who is making a difference through community service and leadership.
Lucia - English, University of British Columbia
"Seven years ago, at the height of my anorexia, I could not have imagined being able to give back to my community and to take leadership roles in raising awareness…Now, as I complete my education, I look forward to many new opportunities to keep fighting to make both sexual assault and eating disorders issues that we can speak openly and honestly about, with kindness and understanding."
Hillary - Counseling Psychology, University of British Columbia
"I believe that eating disorders are normative, not because they are okay, but because we live in a hyper-sexualized, appearance-oriented culture in which women’s struggle to achieve thinness is acceptable, and often rewarded. I long to see women free to be who they really are, and see their worth as something inherent within them, not something to be earned through image, or a number on a scale."
Pursue Your Passion Scholarship - The Looking Glass Foundation awards this scholarship in recognition of someone’s passion, excitement, and enthusiasm for a goal or ideal – around which they have special aspirations for higher learning.
Danika - Health & Exercise Sciences, University of British Columbia
"No words can describe the passion I have for my work in eating disorders…this passion stems from my own experience with it at 12 years old. Eating disorders have shaped my life in many ways…they have helped me become a strong, driven individual…given me a passion for life… given my university studies a goal, and given me direction in my life and career.”
Amanda - Psychology, Langara College
"I want to devote my knowledge to re-creating a spark within people, to help them through the doubt and the dullness I once felt…I want to be a strong and knowledgeable role model for my daughter. Overcoming my illness was just the beginning. I’m alive. I have the power to lift self-doubt, to encourage change, and possibly save the life of someone you love.”
Persevere Scholarship - The Looking Glass Foundation awards this scholarship to someone who demonstrates a need for financial assistance in reaching his or her academic goals. The Elise Skoglund Bursary is also awarded to this scholarship's recipient.
Cassie Collis - Psychology & Sociology, University of British Columbia
"My eating disorder robbed me of years of opportunities, took away my motivation and passion, and essentially, stole my identity. I have recently taken the largest strides I have ever made in my recovery, and am now on a mission to re-discover and re-create the authentic self within me that for so long was suffocated by the illness."
Past Scholarship Winners
2014: Sarah Ramadan, Gabriella Paniccia, Marisa Short
2013: Elise Slaughter, Bethany Young, Samantha Harrison, Nicole Brindle
2012: Nicole Sawin, Katie Fajber, Sasha Rockliffe, Melissa Quinn
2011: Lacey Elliott and Abbey Eurchuk
2010: Natalie Maxey
2009: Zornista Kaneva
2008: Nicole Bemister and Michelle Dean
2007: Sarah Banks