Ballenas Secondary student Victor Kamel was offered two prestigous Schulich scholarships. (Submitted photo)

Ballenas Secondary student Victor Kamel was offered two prestigous Schulich scholarships. (Submitted photo)

Parksville student offered two prestigious Schulich Leader Scholarships

Kamel earns $100K award from University of Victoria

Ballenas Secondary student Victor Kamel received the phone call telling him he had earned a prestigious Schulich Leader Scholarship to UBC for $80,000 and was over the moon.

A week later, he received an email, notifying him that he has been awarded another Schulich — this time to the University of Victoria for $100,000.

“This year, they had 1,400 candidates, who are all super well-qualified individuals,” he said. “I’m honestly very honoured that I was selected by UBC, it was very exciting.”

The scholarships are awarded to high school graduates enrolling in a science, technology, engineering or math program and are two of just 100 awarded across the country. Each year, there are approximatey 1,500 nominees, with each high school in Canada able to nominate one graduating student.

READ MORE: Ballenas Secondary students will see experiment head into to space

READ MORE: Kamel happy to compete at B.C. biathlon

READ MORE: ‘It was kind of surreal’: Parksville students grow sprouts in space

READ MORE: Third Ballenas student earns Schulich scholarship

Ultimately, Kamel chose to take UVic’s offer.

“It’s closer to my family and I wanted to stay on the Island, I like it here a lot,” he said. “It was a very difficult choice, though.”

Earlier this school year, Kamel coded a Raspberry Pi (a single-board computer) with Parksville classmates Yehia El Karsh and Spencer Bradbury to be sent into the International Space Station’s orbit. He’s been involved in other experiments, volunteers at the museum and with the cadets.

“My academics I think are pretty strong, but I don’t believe it’s the reason I won,” he said. “I think it’s because I do a variety of different things.”

Kamel said the projects he has done at Ballenas have been especially meaningful, and points to physics and specialized science teacher Carl Savage as a big reason for his success.

“It’s absolutely thanks to him that we got so far,” he said.

September is uncertain for many students due to COVID-19, but Kamel said he’s still excited to dive into a post-secondary career in computer science, regardless of what it will look like in the fall. Kamel calls the scholarship a big relief for his family since he has two other siblings who want to go to post-secondary as well.

“I’m very excited for university,” he said.

cloe.logan@pqbnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter 

EducationParksvilleScholarshipsUBCUVic

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

The intersection of Despard Avenue and Moilliet Street, where a child was struck and injured in November 2020. (Mandy Moraes photo)
High-traffic Parksville intersection to get temporary 4-way stop

City staff to monitor effectiveness of traffic-calming measure at Despard and Moilliet

A Parksville Fire Department’s firefighter hoses down the facade of a Parksville Heritage Centre building after it caught fire on Friday afternoon (April 16). (Michael Briones photo)
Fire crews, roofers, work to douse building fire in Parksville

Damage was minimal and workers escaped injury

Cast and crew of the Hallmark Channel series ‘Chesapeake Shores’ as they film at Parksville beach on April 15, 2021. (Mandy Moraes photo)
Fifth season of ‘Chesapeake Shores’ looks to showcase Parksville Qualicum Beach region

Executive producer: ‘We’re really excited for the fans to experience the fifth season’

B.C. Centre for Disease Control maps showing new COVID-19 cases by local health area for the week of April 4-10. (BCCDC image)
Parksville-Qualicum passes Nanaimo in new COVID-19 cases

B.C. Centre for Disease Control reports 65 new cases in Oceanside health area April 4-10

Rainbow trouts thrashing with life as they’re about to be transferred to the largest lake of their lives, even though it’s pretty small. These rainbows have a blue tinge because they matched the blue of their hatchery pen, but soon they’ll take on the green-browns of their new home at Lookout Lake. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
VIDEO: B.C. lake stocked with hatchery trout to delight of a seniors fishing club

The Cherish Trout Scouts made plans to come back fishing soon

For Leela Harrop, the recent death of her brother Raju Tiwari pushed her to sign up for the vaccine. Photo supplied
Island woman on fence about vaccine prompted by brother’s death

Leela Harrop of Comox says she did have issues with signing up online this past week

Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops. (Dave Eagles/Kamloops This Week file photo)
RCMP intercept vehicle fleeing with infant taken from Kamloops hospital

The baby was at the hospital receiving life-saving care

Vancouver Police Const. Deepak Sood is under review by the Independent Investigations Office of B.C. after making comments to a harm reduction advocate Sunday, April 11. (Screen grab)
VIDEO: Vancouver officer convicted of uttering threats under watchdog review again

Const. Deepak Sood was recorded Sunday saying ‘I’ll smack you’ and ‘go back to selling drugs’ to a harm reduction advocate

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry prepares a daily update on the coronavirus pandemic, April 21, 2020. (B.C. Government)
B.C.’s COVID-19 infection rate persists, 1,005 new cases Friday

Hospitalization up to 425, six more virus-related deaths

Premier John Horgan receives a dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at the pharmacy in James Bay Thrifty’s Foods in Victoria, B.C., on Friday, April 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. Premier John Horgan gets AstraZeneca shot, encourages others

27% of residents in B.C. have now been vaccinated against COVID-19

The Nautical Dog Cafe at Skaha marina is getting its patio ready in hopes Mother Nature will provide where provincial restrictions have taken away indoor dining. (Facebook)
‘A lot of instability’: B.C. restaurants in layoff limbo

As COVID-19 cases stay high, restaurants in British Columbia are closed to indoor dining

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau looks on as Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland responds to a question during a news conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Expectations high as Trudeau Liberals get ready to unveil first pandemic budget

The Liberals will look to thread an economic needle with Monday’s budget

John Furlong, Own The Podium board chairman and former CEO of the Vancouver Olympics, addresses a Vancouver Board of Trade luncheon in Vancouver, B.C., on Wednesday November 25, 2015.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
John Furlong presents 2030 Winter Games vision to Vancouver Board of Trade

Vancouver and Whistler would remain among host sites because of 2010 sport venues still operational

Most Read