Recent McRoberts secondary graduate Annie Lai has received a $2,500 “Standing Tall Education” grant from Coast Capital Savings, given to students who overcome adversity and show commitment to their education.
“Overcoming several health challenges, Annie has always persevered with the power of positivity and a good attitude,” stated a release from Coast Capital announcing the award.
Lai is currently studying at UBC’s Sauder School of Business.
Last year, when Lai was still in Grade 11, she approached Richmond city council about starting a youth city council, inspired by taking part previously in Youth Parliament.
Not only does the grant give her financial support, Lai said it also recognizes the “considerable hurdles” she’s faced.
“I’m proud of the perseverance I’ve shown in light of my adversities. Receiving this award reaffirms my purpose and adds fuel to help me keep going in the direction of my dreams,” Lai said.
Lai is one of 61 youth from across the province to receive the Standing Tall Education award.