Meet Zalam and Nicholas, the new Gina Gentleman Scholars

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Meet the first two recipients of the Gina Gentleman Scholarships awarded by Sodexo Canada’s Stop Hunger Foundation.

Calgary student Zalam Barakzie and Nicholas Hagemenfrom Kingston are the first recipients of the Gina Gentleman Scholarships awarded by Sodexo Canada’s Stop Hunger Foundation. Both wererecently awarded a $2,500 scholarship plus a $2,500 grant to donate to a local charity of their choice. 

Zalam Barakzie is a 27-year-old health sciences student at Bow Valley College (BVC) who came with her family to Canada in 2015 as refugees from Afghanistan and began working for Sodexo. Her dream is to become a nurse to help improve the quality of life for patients. She donated her $2,500 grant to the Bow Valley College Food Insecurity Committee to help start a food bank for students. 

Nicholas Hageman just completed his second year of Life Sciences at Queen’s University. The 20-year-old plans to use his scholarship money for medical school. He chose Food Banks Canada to donate his $2,500 grant. 

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Submission for this year will be open from September 1 to December 1, 2019. Click here to know more.

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(Left to right) Barry Telford, CEO Universities West, Sodexo North America; Bill Keith, VP Universities Sodexo Canada; Nicholas Hagemen, Gina Gentleman Scholarship winner; Ed Hageman, dad and Sodexo First Cook; Suzanne Bergeron, President Sodexo Canada; Leah Wales, Executive Director Housing & Ancillary Services Queens University.

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Gina Gentleman scholarship winner Zalam Barakzie (far right) with Elric Nielsen, Sodexo General Manager (far left) surrounded by Sodexo staff at BVC.

Meet Zalam and Nicholas, the new Gina Gentleman Scholars