December 16, 2021

ARTA Certificate Scholarship 2021 Recipients

ARTA sponsors the ARTA Certificate/Diploma Scholarships that are granted to applicants who have successfully completed one or more full years of a certificate or diploma program.

The following excerpts from the students’ responses address the 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? If you could be a superhero, what superhero would you be?

2021 Recipients


If I could be a superhero, I would choose to be Rogue from X-men! The ability to absorb the energy, memories, knowledge, and abilities of others would provide deep insight into humanity. Living with a team of exceptional mutants would be a bonus!


Growing up with a mom who was a teacher, I learned quickly how important academics were and how teachers drastically impact the lives of each student they teach. I was privileged to have many different teachers influence my education and ultimately my life. They are a huge reason why I succeeded academically, was driven to chase my dreams, and have not been afraid to jump into something new.


Thanks to all the teachers who gave me their time and believed in me. I am continuing to build more self-confidence and belief in myself as a learner. I feel lucky to have been around teachers who made my classes interesting, challenging, and rewarding. Their positivity and honest feedback have helped me improve my own work as well as my ability to help others in my classes and in my life outside of school.


In the next ten years, I see myself working as a mechanical engineer in the energy sector to help develop new technologies to bring clean, safe, and reliable energy to Canada and the world. In addition to this, I would like to work with Engineers Without Borders to help design a better world that empowers developing communities.


In ten years, I would like to have completed architecture school and joined an architectural firm in Edmonton. Although my career and success are my main focus, ideally, I would also be happily married and starting a family. My partner and I would both be successful in work, and we would be planning to start our own renovation business. We would have also moved home to Vancouver Island so our children could frequently visit their grandparents.


Teachers have influenced me for the better! Most importantly, they have shown me my academic potential. In return, I have been able to accomplish more than I ever thought I could because of that influence.