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Waterloo High School Student and Community Leader Named Recipient of Meridian’s Sean Jackson Scholarship

2018-08-28 9:00:00 AM

Toronto (August 28, 2018) – Meridian, Canada’s third largest credit union, is proud to name Waterloo resident Advait Maybhate as the 2018 recipient of the Meridian Sean Jackson Scholarship.

Launched in honour of Meridian’s former CEO Sean Jackson, an avid community leader, the scholarship awards $10,000 to one Ontario high school student who demonstrates both academic excellence and an outstanding commitment to community.

“Canada’s future looks bright and hopeful with emerging leaders like Advait who has already made a difference with his passions for helping others and spurring innovation,” says Sarah Rea, Meridian’s Social Commitment Director. “These driving forces, coupled with his academic perseverance, makes him one of Ontario’s brightest, an excellent teacher and mentor to the youth in his community, and a deserving recipient of this award.”

As the founder of the CMS (Computer, Math, Science) League, Advait developed an after school program for 40 grade 6 students with the goal of getting youth excited about STEM education - science, technology, engineering and math. The free nine-week long curriculum, covering various STEM related topics, was offered at a local elementary school in Waterloo and delivered by Advait and some of his friends from Sir John A. Macdonald Secondary School.
 
As an executive of his high school Computer Science Club, Advait started JAMHacks, Waterloo's first high school hackathon, in 2017, leveraging his experience as a competitor in several university hackathons. The 12-hour hackathon for high school students was so successful it doubled in length and student participation when repeated in 2018.
 
In September, Advait will continue his education at the University of Waterloo to pursue a degree in computer science.
 
“I’m extremely honoured to be a recipient of Meridian’s Sean Jackson Scholarship which is going to help me achieve my ultimate goal of giving back to community,” says Advait. “I’m excited to share the knowledge I gain either as a teacher, or by playing a role in the creation of new technologies that will improve people’s lives."

Meridian’s Sean Jackson Scholarship is administered in partnership with the Niagara Community Foundation, and an annual call for applications from Ontario high school graduates is made each spring. Applications for 2019 will be accepted as of March 1st until April 30th. Visit www.meridiancu.ca/scholarship for information. For more information about Advait, see a featured video about him on YouTube.

 

About Meridian:
With over 70 years of banking history, Meridian is Ontario’s largest credit union and the third largest in Canada, helping to grow the lives of its more than 300,000 Members. Meridian has $18.7 billion in assets under management and delivers a full range of financial services online, by phone, by mobile and through a network of 90 branches across Ontario, and commercial banking services in 11 locations. Meridian Members also have access to THE EXCHANGE® Network, with more than 3,550 no-fee ABMs across Canada and 500,000 ABMs in the United States. For more information, please visit: meridiancu.ca.

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For more information call:
Teresa Pagnutti
Senior Manager, Public Relations
Meridian
416-597-4444 Ext. 2667