Testimonials of international scholarship recipients from the Americas
Discover how international scholarships have changed the lives of recipients from Latin America. Find out what they have to say about their experience abroad and where they are now.
Andres Montaño from Colombia – Emerging Leaders in the Americas awardee (2015-2016) and ELAP Collaboration Mission delegate (2020)
Mount Royal University (International Business, BSc)
The experiences I had in Canada were some of the best I have had in my life so far. These experiences have helped to shape my professional trajectory and deepened my interest in international relations and cooperation projects.
Eva Liliana López from Guatemala – Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program Awardee (2019-2020)
University of Saskatchewan (Nutrition Sciences, BSc)
The University of Saskatchewan has afforded me opportunities to learn about life and culture in the Canadian prairies as well as new methods in nutrition that will help me to work with food insecure people in Guatemala.
Laura Beltina Leon from Argentina – Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program Awardee (2019-2020)
University of Manitoba (Molecular Biology, PhD)
I am very grateful for this experience, which has given me new professional skills, opened my mind, and expanded my future by exposing me to world-class science. To anyone who wants to improve their CV and grow as a person, I highly recommend becoming an ELAP scholar!
Salma Selem Najm from Mexico – Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program Awardee (2019-2020)
University of Regina (International Business, BIB)
To visit and to learn in a new country were amazing opportunities that left me feeling more competitive and prepared as a student… My Canadian memories and adventures will be in my heart forever.
Cristina Mariana Jacobi from Brazil – Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program Awardee (2019-2020)
University of Saskatchewan (Environmental Studies, PhD)
At first, I was a little afraid to go to a new country alone, but now I feel prepared to do anything. All I can say is that if you have the opportunity to do an exchange in Canada, go! It will be incredible.
Anuschka Tjin Liep Shie from Suriname – Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP) Awardee (2016)
College of New Caledonia (Social Sciences, BA)
Because of this experience, I am well equipped to pursue other study abroad opportunities.
Marcelo Ayala from Paraguay – Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP) Awardee (2016)
Olds College (Agribusiness and Rural Development, M.Sc.)
Overall, studying and living in Canada was amazing. I experienced the quality of the Canadian college system. I felt safe from the first day that I arrived and admired the stunning Canadian landscape. I would encourage anyone to undertake an exchange in Canada.
Phylicia Ricketts from Jamaica – Canada-CARICOM Leadership Scholarships Program Awardee (2015)
McGill University (Applied Physics, PhD)
I attended McGill University as a Graduate Research Trainee, under the Canada-CARICOM Leadership Scholarships Program. The training provided me with hands-on experience in using new technologies and equipment. I gained insights and innovative perspectives on many different research topics in Environmental Health and Nutrition.
Juan Mauricio Bedoya Soto from Colombia – Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP) Awardee (2014)
University of Regina (Water Resources, PhD)
Under the Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP), I conducted research at the University of Regina’s Prairie Adaptation Research Collaborative (PARC) with professors that demonstrated incredible academic and human qualities.
Ailín Benítez Cortés from Chile – Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP) Awardee (2015)
Bishop's University (Sociology, BA)
I am not sure that there are enough words to truly describe how amazing my Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP) experience at Bishop’s University was. But I will do my best and begin by saying that the university was a dream place to study and to live. The professors were incredible.
Rubí López Chávez from the Dominican Republic – Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP) Awardee (2015)
University of New Brunswick (Financial Management and Audit, BBA)
I have always seen Canada as the ideal country to study because of its excellent education system, safe environment, stunning scenery and cultural diversity. Thanks to the Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP) scholarship, I had the great opportunity to study for the fall semester at the University of New Brunswick.
Danna Mendoza from the Dominican Republic – Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP) Awardee (2011)
University of the Fraser Valley (Business Administration, BBA)
I was awarded an Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP) scholarship in 2011 and had the chance to study abroad for a semester at the University of the Fraser Valley in Canada. I am thankful for being given the opportunity to immerse myself in a new culture that was very inclusive.
Alma Quintero from Mexico - Emerging Leaders of the Americas Program (ELAP) Awardee (2011)
Trent University (International Development Studies, BA)
Being part of the Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program not only gave me the opportunity to study in Canada but also opened my eyes to new horizons and career possibilities. As a student in International Development Studies, I had the chance to learn from recognized faculty members as well as from my classmates, who came from many different countries. This made the classroom the perfect forum to discuss international issues from diverse perspectives and first-hand experiences.
Alma Quintero, Education Outreach Officer, Embassy of Canada in Mexico and Director, Public Affairs, Canada Alumni Network in Mexico (CANIM)
Trilce Gervaz from Uruguay - Emerging Leaders of the Americas Program (ELAP) Awardee (2012)
Université Laval (Business Administration, BBA)
Canada is a land of opportunities. It was so for me as a student when I was a part of the Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP) and attended Université Laval in Québec City. ELAP provides the opportunity to participate in a high-level academic environment, to experience the quality of life this great country has to offer, to witness the kindness and openness of the Canadian people. Université Laval offers the possibility to study in both English and French. Coming to Canada allowed me to perfect my English but most importantly to learn French through cultural immersion. This scholarship transformed me as a student in 2012, and forged my current career as a diplomat when posted to Canada in 2015.
Trilce Gervaz, Second Secretary and Chargée d’Affaires a.i., Embassy of the Eastern Republic of Uruguay in Canada
Sheryl Hamilton from Jamaica - Emerging Leaders of the Americas Program (ELAP) Awardee (2010)
George Brown College (Social Sciences, college diploma)
My Emerging Leaders of the America’s scholarship has been the most amazing experience. My study exchange in Canada has made me view cultural diversity on a wider prospective. In Jamaica, our motto is “Out of Many, One People” and I have never seen so many different cultures in one place. Imagine being in a class with twenty five students and twenty three different cultures. I was just fascinated by the openness of the cultural diversity in Canada.
Damian Francis from Jamaica - Emerging Leaders of the Americas Program (ELAP) Awardee (2009)
University of Ottawa (Epidemiology and Nutrition, PhD)
My ELAP scholarship opened the door for me to study in a world-class academic environment in Canada. It was a unique opportunity that significantly enriched my own learning experience and helped me to develop policies on how to bridge the gap between the lab, field, and society.
Abigail Henry from Jamaica - Canada – CARICOM Leadership Scholarship Awardee (2009)
York University (Media and Communications, BA)
I learned as I’d never learned before. From the stories of books in the immense libraries, the intimidating skyscrapers towering above me, to the faces of a hundred nations in the people of the city, Toronto proved to be a place that thrilled and amazed me. I learnt boldness, humility and independence that year and the Canada-CARICOM Leadership Scholarship made it all possible. To anyone considering an exchange in Canada, my advice is don’t hesitate.
Radica Tricia Rambharose from Trinidad and Tobago - Canada – CARICOM Leadership Scholarship Awardee (2010)
Athabasca University (Philosophy, M.A.)
My experience in the Canada-CARICOM Leadership Scholarships Program was truly an unforgettable one. Many factors contributed to this amazing experience but especially the balance between quality academics and a rich intercultural student life. Collaborating in research with colleagues from other countries helped fortify my research contribution on an international level and enhanced my motivation to pursue future similar opportunities.
Ashanti Garcia from Belize - Canada – CARICOM Leadership Scholarship Awardee Awardee (2009)
University of Western Ontario (Anthropology, BA)
There is no better way to expand your academic horizons and further develop yourself than through a study abroad experience. Everything I have gained from studying in Canada at The University of Western Ontario (UWO) will prove to be an asset in a globalizing world. This student exchange program forever changed the way I see myself and the world at large.
Dania Yudith Suarez Abreu from Cuba - Emerging Leaders of the Americas Program (ELAP) Awardee (2009)
University of Manitoba (Social Sciences, M.A.)
My Emerging Leaders in the Americas (ELAP) scholarship opened doors for me to conduct research in an up-to-date and friendly environment, with access to modern facilities and technologies. It was an amazing experience that enhanced my academic and professional network. All the teachers and institutions around me were incredibly supportive from the very beginning. I lived the way Canadians do every day; I enjoyed every season, especially the winter: skiing, skating and drinking coffee. It enriched my curriculum and opened a new world of opportunities for me. Canada was my safe and lovely home for 5 months: it provided me with new friends, food, sports, customs and knowledge. I became a better person and professional, and I achieved my goals thanks to it. A piece of my heart stayed there forever.
Juan Carlos Mendez from Costa Rica - Emerging Leaders of the Americas Program (ELAP) Awardee (2009)
Dalhousie University (International Development Studies, M.A.)
This scholarship program represents a great opportunity for any student and scholar from Latin America interested in learning more about Canadian culture and values, and for those willing to experience a high-level academic environment, in which the only thing that matters is your personal and professional skills and capabilities, thus not your nationality, political or religious view or color of your skin.
Carolina I. Miño from Argentina - Emerging Leaders of the Americas Program (ELAP) Awardee (2009)
University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus (Genetics, PhD)
My experience in Canada, through the Emerging Leaders in the Americas (ELAP) scholarship, allowed me to visit a prestigious university and work together with renowned researchers and colleagues. During my stay at the University of British Columbia – Okanagan campus, I was at all times kindly treated and supported by friendly people whom helped me to make my way through the university life.
Daniel Marcelino from Brazil - Emerging Leaders of the Americas Program (ELAP) Awardee (2009)
York University (Political Science, M.A.)
The Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP) was a fantastic opportunity to visit Canada and get in touch with students worldwide. Studying at one of Canada’s major universities, I found an environment of interdisciplinary cooperation and openness to sharing ideas. The quality of education, research support and access to a very well supported network of libraries made my experience in the country unforgettable. Moreover, the vibrant artistic and cultural expression that I found in Canada occupied the rest of my time, keeping the nostalgia from Brazil far far away.
Rogelio Pena Gallo from Mexico - Emerging Leaders of the Americas Program (ELAP) Awardee (2009)
McGill University (Mechanical Engineering, M.Sc.)
The Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program was a fantastic experience that allowed me to get involved with the Canadian way of teaching, working and especially researching. It was a tremendous way to boost my learning experience. I had the chance to meet and work with world class researchers, an invaluable experience that allowed me to enhance my network as well as opened doors for continuing my education and further cooperation between my home and host universities.
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