December 17, 2020

ARTA-TW Insurance Degree Scholarship 2020 Winners

TW Insurance Brokers, in conjunction with ARTA, provides the ARTA–TW Insurance Scholarships that are awarded to students presently registered in the second, third or fourth year of a program leading to an undergraduate degree.

Once again, we asked the students a few questions. The following excerpts from their responses address these questions: What impact have teachers had in your life? What was your favourite subject in school? Where do you see yourself in the next ten years?

2020 Winners


My grandmother, Catherine Kneppers, taught me more than any other teacher, teaching me not only how to read but also to love reading. Even though I’ve gone away for university, she still offers me advice and book recommendations over the phone.

I loved history because it was like a novel that actually happened, full of lively characters and dramatic events, and because I had a teacher who made it come alive.


I owe my teachers a lot for not only my academic success but my personal growth as well, and I will be forever grateful for all of them.

My Grade 5 homeroom teacher sparked my interest in English literature. Throughout the year, she read The Giver and Hana’s Suitcase to our class at the end of each day. Her passion and excitement to share these books instilled an interest in literature in me that is still growing today.


I feel a great deal of affection and indebtedness to my teachers because their unwavering support and dedication translated into a kinship that I will cherish for the rest of my life.

I have always liked how linear and clear-cut math is. The concepts in math have always appealed to me because of how logical they are, and I really enjoyed learning new skills and building off prior knowledge to advance my studies in math.


In high school, I had wonderful physics and calculus teachers with deep knowledge of the subject matter and a passion for sharing it with others. This fostered a desire to learn things from a fundamental perspective, which ultimately led me to choose Engineering Science.

Physics is the pursuit of understanding the world around you to such a degree that you can predict how it will behave. This is so powerful and almost magical.


If it was not for my amazing physics and math teachers, my university career would not have been the same, as they sparked my passion for engineering and science. I appreciate all their efforts to challenge me to be the best that I can be.

I aspire in ten years to be a professional electrical engineer working at an innovative tech company, where every day I am growing and learning.


My mom is a teacher and homeschooled us for a few years in elementary school, which definitely gave me a more positive view of education and hard work. Similarly, a few of my teachers in high school really showed me that it is okay to fail sometimes, even when you’ve tried your hardest.

Hopefully ten years from now, I’d be at work in a vet clinic. I’d love to practise as a country vet in a small farming town.