A North Vancouver woman's future in music is looking bright after receiving a high honour from The Juilliard School in New York City.
According to a press release, pianist Rozalyn Ying Jia Chok was awarded the John Erskine Prize at the 108th Commencement Ceremony held earlier this summer. The prize is given to an undergraduate in dance, drama or music with an "exceptional level of scholastic and artistic achievement," and was presented by music division provost and dean, Ara Guzelimian. Chok also received her bachelor of music degree.
The school awarded more than 270 degrees to actors, dancers, playwrights and musicians.
The Juilliard School was founded in 1905 as the Institute of Musical Art and garnered its current name after the additions of both the dance and drama divisions.
One hundred lucky high school students from across Canada were chosen from more than 1,000 applicants for an academic scholarship program.
According to a press release, The Miller Thomson Foundation's National Scholarship
Program awarded each student a $3,000 scholarship in his or her graduating year.
"The Miller Thomson Foundation's National Scholarship Program was created to recognize the achievements and aspirations of remarkable young Canadians," says Miller Thomson Foundation Chair Gerald Courage. "The scholarships encourage and promote the attainment of the higher education goals of exceptional highschool graduates who have demonstrated a high level of academic achievement and have made outstanding contributions to their schools and communities."
Approximately 1,600 students applied this year and out of the 100 chosen, 17 winners were from B.C. including Cara McGuire from Argyle Secondary school in North Vancouver. The foundation has awarded more than $3 million in scholarships since 1995 to more than 2,800 graduating high school students.
Miller Thomson is one of the largest business law firms in Canada, with offices across the country including Vancouver.
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