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Young leader eyes career in sciences

By Don Fennell

Published 2:57 PDT, Wed May 27, 2020

Over the coming days, the Richmond Sentinel will profile the 2020 recipients of the Phil Brown Scholarship presented recently by the Richmond Community Foundation.


Someone once told Jaia Manhas that actions speak louder than words. Taking it to heart, she’s been exemplifying that proverb ever since.

“I’m inspired by my parents, and many leaders around me, who have taught me invaluable lessons about resilience, commitment and hard work,” says the Grade 12 Richmond student, who is a winner of the 2020 Phil Brown Memorial Scholarship awarded by the Richmond Community Foundation.

The scholarship, presented annually by the Thompson Community Centre, recognizes a graduating high school student whose leadership in the community complements their academic initiative.

“This scholarship means a lot to me, recognizing the impact I had through volunteering,” explains Manhas. “I was very humbled to have been selected. I’m very passionate about volunteering for initiatives I believe in, and giving back to the community. Sometimes life is more about what we can overcome than achieve, and I believe work ethic says much more about a person than promises or how they advocate for themselves.”

Manhas is also passionate about science, which she plans to study at UBC starting in the fall.

She is also a competitive athlete, playing community soccer, and enjoys playing the piano and guitar in her spare time.

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