Jennifer Li

Ben Fagan

Richmond Hill High School

Richmond Hill, ON

Throughout Jennifer's high school journey at RHHS, she has worked diligently to make a difference in the school community and beyond. Whether it's aiding struggling classmates in gaining confidence or helping students with special needs succeed inside and outside the classroom, she has endeavoured to foster a positive and collaborative environment at RHHS. The financial aid provided by the Trevor H. Shirtliff Difference Maker Scholarship would be instrumental in supporting her pursuit of post-secondary education. Jennifer's parents, resilient first-generation immigrants, have shouldered substantial burdens to pave the way for her education but have unfortunately come up short. Her parents' financial struggle adds another layer of significance to Jennifer when seeking this nomination. As she aspires to continue making a positive impact wherever she goes, this scholarship would alleviate some of the financial burdens associated with higher education that Jennifer and her family face. It would allow Jennifer to focus wholeheartedly on her academic and community engagement goals, ensuring that she can carry forward the values of the scholarship into her future endeavours. In essence, Jennifer's nomination for the Trevor H. Shirtliff Difference Maker Scholarship is rooted in her commitment to academic excellence, inclusivity, and empathetic leadership within the RHHS community.

Volunteering has been integral to Jennifer's academic journey, especially through tutoring and the 'Best Buddies' program, fostering inclusion among special needs students. Connecting personally with each student and ensuring their value within our community has been immensely rewarding for Jennifer. As President of the Greenhouse Club, her focus on sustainable giving and donating produce to the Breakfast Club for those facing food insecurity at RHHS reflects her commitment to uplifting others. Her journey embodies a dedicated effort to create positive change, which is evident in Jennifer's roles within various clubs and initiatives, always aiming to make a meaningful impact.