Inspiring Excellence Scholarship
Impacting the Lives of Student Athletes
2015 scholarship recipients from left to right: Anastasia Bucsis, Tiana Knight and Temitope Ogunjimi
For high-level student athletes the costs associated with tuition, travel, equipment and housing can often represent huge financial barriers. Together with the Canadian Sport Institute Calgary, ARC has created the ARC Resources Inspiring Excellence Scholarship. The objective of the scholarship is to lower financial barriers and enable student athletes to reach their full potential while continuing to be strong members of the community.
Each year a $5,000 scholarship will be awarded to selected Olympic hopefuls who are enrolled at a post-secondary institution. The scholarship is unique in that the recipients are chosen based on both academic merit and athletic achievements. ARC’s goal is to inspire excellence by enhancing academic and athletic opportunities available to the scholarship recipients.
The Scholarship is an extension of ARC’s Inspiring Excellence Initiative which was developed in partnership with the Canadian Sport Institute Calgary in 2003. Inspiring Excellence embodies ARC’s commitment to culture, work ethic and dedication.
ARC is pleased to introduce the 2015 Scholarship Winners:
ARC is pleased to introduce Anastasia Bucsis
Sport: Speed Skating
Degree: Bachelor of Arts, Communications and Culture, University of Calgary
A born and raised Calgarian, Anastasia is a Canadian speed skater who has competed at two Olympic Winter
Games (Vancouver 2010 and Sochi 2014). She is currently enrolled at the University of Calgary pursuing a degree in Communications and Culture and has interests in media and marketing. She is currently training for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Korea and hopes to pursue a Masters program upon her return from the games. Notably, Anastasia is a proud ambassador for organizations representing women in sport, the acceptance of LGBT, and is an advocate for mental health.
ARC is pleased to introduce Tiana Knight
Degree: Juris Doctor, Faculty of Law, University of Calgary
Growing up in Calgary, Tiana started playing goalball when she was 11 years old. As a legally blind athlete, Tiana has been competing at an elite level since 2011. She has competed at a number of Para-Pan American games and national championships and is currently training with hopes to attend the 2016 Paralympic Games. In addition to her athletic pursuit, she is currently a law student at the University of Calgary, where she balances academics and sport with a strong drive to excel in both. Through volunteering with the United Way, Tiana shares her story and hopes to inspire others to reach for their goals and to understand that there are no obstacles too big to overcome.
ARC is pleased to introduce Temitope Ogunjimi
Degree: Bachelor of Arts, Law and Society, University of Calgary
Temitope is a student athlete at the University of Calgary where she is completing her undergraduate arts degree with a major in law and society, while continuing her wrestling training. She has been competing competitively in wrestling since 2012 and hopes to represent Canada at the 2016 Olympic Games. Temitope aspires to pursue a career in law and will be applying for law school once her undergraduate degree is complete. In her spare time, Temitope gives back to her community as an active volunteer in the Calgary area.