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Coquitlam teen wins new scholarship for dedication to school, community

Samuel Lukas was recently recognized by the Insurance Brokers Association of BC.
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Coquitlam's Samuel Lukas is receiving $2,500 from the Insurance Brokers Association of BC (IBABC) as part of a new bursary for a student that shows mentorship and dedication.

Samuel Lukas is getting a financial boost to pursue a career in computer science, thanks to his focus and volunteerism in an out of the classroom.

The Coquitlam student was recently announced as the recipient of an inaugural bursary by the Insurance Brokers Association of BC (IBABC), known as the Joe Stonehouse Mentorship Scholarship.

He's set to receive $2,500 for his post-secondary aspirations in hopes of becoming a software engineer.

The IBABC says Lukas' attributes are the mirror embodiment of Stonehouse in demonstrating dedication to education, mentoring, community engagement and "diverse personal interests."

"Every year the association reviews applications for its scholarships and see high-calibre candidate with exceptional academic and personal accomplishments," reads a release sent to the Tri-City News of Lukas' recognition.

"They all deserve recognition and congratulations for their outstanding performances and contributions."

Lukas is graduating Burnaby Mountain Secondary (BMSS) later this month.

The IBABC says he was selected for the new scholarship based on his achievements in school and in the community the last several years.

This includes:

  • Honour roll student and BMSS work ethic award recipient
  • BMSS student council member
  • Tutor in school and with Kumon's after-school programs
  • Organized Asian Heritage Month events
  • Produced BMSS Black History Month initiatives
  • Swimming instructor with City of Coquitlam
  • Member of Coquitlam's Ignite Badminton Club

Lukas hopes to develop a platform, service, or app that will help marginalized or persecuted people, IBABC's release adds, and wants to explore innovative programming that could create more efficient solutions.

For more information, you can visit the Insurance Brokers Association's website.