West Van grad receives education award

William Honcharuk is enjoying his first university semester away from home with a lightened financial load.

The West Vancouver Secondary grad recently received a $2,500 award from Coast Capital Savings, which he put toward his first tuition instalment at the University of Western Ontario.

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“I was super excited to hear about it and I was actually very honoured,” Honcharuk says.

Coast Capital handed out $152,500 to 60 B.C. students through its Youth Get It Education Awards. Honcharuk was one of the 19 Lower Mainland recipients of the award, which is given to students “who have faced exceptional hardships while succeeding in school, and supports them with their post-secondary education expenses so they can continue to pursue their goals,” according to a press release.

“My goal throughout high school, and still today in university, is to help other individuals overcome obstacles in their lives. I’ve spent a lot of my time volunteering in the community working in that area because I believe it takes a whole community coming together to overcome hardship,” Honcharuk says. “You never know when you may be the one who needs to humbly receive from your community.”

Honcharuk is enrolled in the Media, Information, and Technoculture program and is pairing his studies with business.

“My end goal is to get a business degree with a specialty in media studies, because it’s my goal to use that knowledge to help businesses communicate in more accessible and barrier-free ways,” he says.

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