The Lester B. Pearson International Scholarship, named after alumnus, former prime minister and Nobel laureate Lester B. Pearson, is awarded to only 40 international students each year. The scholarship covers four years of study at U of T, including tuition, books, incidental fees and residence support.
The award recognizes students who demonstrate exceptional academic achievement, creativity and leadership, as well as a commitment to making an impact in their community. The scholarship is highly competitive since only one student can be nominated by a high school.
“The University of Toronto, and the city-region around our campuses, is an ideal place for brilliant students to develop as globally minded leaders in every field of endeavour”
- U of T President Meric Gertler
Hannah Godfrey-Clarke comes to U of T from Halifax, north of Manchester, England, where she was the first woman principal bassist in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. “There shouldn't be ‘first female’ anythings in 2018, but I was very lucky to get that,” she says.
Her first instrument was the cello, but she picked up the double bass at 11 years old through a local music service and she never looked back.
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