Scholarship Recipient!

(FORT MCMURRAY, AB – June 6, 2018)- Can one email change a life? For one Holy Trinity Catholic High School student an email definitely took a weight off of her shoulders. Congratulations to Hannah MacDonald for being the recipient of a $61,000 scholarship from the University of Calgary School of Engineering!

We at Fort McMurray Catholic Schools are very excited to see what is next for Hannah MacDonald. The Seymour Schulich Academic Excellence Entrance Scholarship for Students Outside the Calgary Area is well deserved for this exceptional student and young woman.

MacDonald says it was a lengthy process to apply, “I had applied for many scholarships. This was one of them. I was shortlisted, then there was a phone interview I got to do back in February. Then I received an email on March 29th. They told me I’d hear before the end of March. The 29th was Good Friday. I knew there weren’t any more work days in the month. Then I got the email.”

Once that email was received, MacDonald says then she started to get excited, “I kind of freaked out a little. I had to show my mom. My mom was so excited. I can do what I need to do to succeed now. It’s a weight off my shoulders. It feels like all of the work has paid off.”

‘I want to go into software development. There are so many different options. I can specialize when I know exactly what I want to do. I’ve always known I’d be interested in math and science. It’s something I’ve continually pursued myself,” continues MacDonald, “I’m extremely grateful for this. This doesn’t happen to most people. I’m so very thankful.”

Holy Trinity Catholic High School Principal Lisa Hilsenteger says it’s an incredible accomplishment, “We are so proud of Hannah and all of her hard work and this is truly amazing. We wish her much success as she continues on her education path. I am incredibly excited that we have highly academic and well-rounded students at Holy Trinity who are able to compete for high level scholarships in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).”



  1. We’re cheering you on from ! Good luck!

  2. What an honour to see so many recent grads and current members of the Father Mercredi High School Baseball Academy…

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