AndrewAndrew is a 2nd year student enrolled in the Bachelor of Applied Science Honours Mechanical Engineering at the University of Windsor. He was awarded a 2016 OCUF Youth Bursary and is a member of YNCU.

A big piece of our adjudication process for the Youth Bursary program is community engagement. Andrew stands out in this respect. We have taken extracts from his application so you get a sense of his mindset.

Time management, the ability to balance commitments, goal setting and excellent organizational skills are the key components to my success. Trying to distribute my time between my volunteering commitments to my community, my extra-curricular school activities, my employment and my involvement with sports, while achieving academic success has taught me how to stay focused in order to attain my visionary goals.

School involvement and volunteering in the community attributes to good leadership skills and enhances team building. I believe the greatest reward you can give is inspiring and empowering others. Giving back to the community is extremely rewarding and very important to me because in doing so, we make the world a better place.

I am passionately involved in many community organizations. I volunteer for the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board’s CARE Committee which fundraises to raise money to provide breakfast/nutritional snacks, winter hats, mittens and warm socks to the less fortunate students in our Catholic school system thus enhancing the lives of these children who lack the bare necessities of life. I also help the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board’s Safety Patrol Association with packages and distribution of donation letters. To aid the food banks and the poor, I have prepared brown bag lunches for the Downtown Missions. There are many elderly people in my neighbourhood so in the winter when it snows, I shovel their driveways and in the summer, I cut their grass.

I am, also, actively involved in playing for the local sports associations, Tecumseh Recreational Soccer Club and Tecumseh-Shoreline Minor Hockey Association. Participation in sports can dramatically impact the development of kids during childhood. Not only do they reap the physical and social benefits, but it builds self-esteem, promotes goal-setting and teaches the importance of teamwork. Throughout the year, I devote my time to Tecumseh Recreational Soccer Club by coaching young children, refereeing soccer games and volunteering for registration. My dedicated commitment and leadership experience towards these good causes benefits my community for the better.