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Richmond student receives LifeLabs family scholarship

A.R. MacNeill secondary graduate Nathan Chu is one of 11 recipients of LifeLabs' annual Family Scholarship.
Nathan Chu recently graduated from A.R. MacNeill secondary.

A Richmond student currently pursuing biomedical physiology at SFU has received a scholarship from LifeLabs.

A.R. MacNeill graduate Nathan Chu, whose mother Bonnie works at LifeLabs' Burnaby Reference Laboratory, is one of 11 students to receive the LifeLabs Family Scholarship. The annual program selects dependent children of LifeLabs employees to help fund their post-secondary education.

Chu served on the student council at A.R. MacNeill for four years and was elected as student council president in grade 12. He also assisted in creating a district-wide engineering club to promote STEM projects to city youth.

Selection criteria for the scholarship include grades and examples of leadership, extracurricular activities, volunteer, and employment.

This year's applicants were also asked to answer an essay question about what "diversity, equity and inclusion meant to them, and how they planned to carry forward these elements in their post-secondary journeys and beyond," reads LifeLabs' media release.

"We are so proud and excited to see the children of some of our wonderful team members move into their next journey in life.

"These students’ impressive submissions really painted a picture of the many wonderful opportunities and possibilities for the future," said Charles Brown, president and CEO of LifeLabs.

This year's recipients include five students from B.C. and six from Ontario.