New Westminster teen wins $50,000 scholarship

New Westminster Secondary student Ceilidh Millar has been awarded $50,000 and the title of W. Garfield Weston Scholar.

The W. Garfield Weston Awards program gives entrance scholarships to students entering their first year of college in Canada.

Millar applied for the scholarship in March and was one of 715 applicants. She left for Toronto on Friday and spent Saturday in a whirlwind of day-long interviews.

“It was like nothing I have done before,” she said. “I got some butterflies before the interviews, but I wasn’t too worried because they want you to just be yourself.”

She returned home Saturday and had an anxious wait the next day.

“I sat by the phone all day Sunday waiting for them to call me and it was good news.”

As an award recipient, Millar’s yearly tuition will be covered. She also receives $8,000 a year for housing and $3,500 for  summer programs and to travel.

Millar, 17, has volunteered with the Rotary Club, Free the Children and is the host of the Generation Y segment on The Express show on Shaw.

She will be studying broadcast journalism at BCIT this fall.

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