Jillian Towill wins Werklund Scholarship

Jillian Towill
Jillian Towill

Congratulations to UVic WS/GS grad Jillian Towill, one of six students who were awarded the 2015 Werklund Community Engaged Leadership Scholarship at the University of Calgary's Werklund School of Education.

Jillian has been based in Calgary for the past 15 years, except for time out to pursue her undergraduate degree in Women's Studies at the University of Victoria, graduating in April 2015. She says attending an out-of-town university, volunteering as a Teaching Assistant with the University 101 program, and her experiences growing up have shaped her into a friendly, approachable and hardworking person. Jillian chose to enter the teaching profession because she believes that obtaining an education is a paramount achievement, and that a teacher can greatly influence the desires and ambitions of their students in the pursuit of that education.

Jillian says:
“Receiving the Werklund Community Engaged Leadership scholarship is extremely exciting as it will help alleviate the financial pressure of tuition, books and living expenses which will enable me to further pursue volunteer teaching opportunities. My involvement with such opportunities during my undergraduate degree greatly influenced my decision to enter the teaching profession. Receiving this scholarship makes me feel supported by the Werklund School of Education on my outlooks and perspectives on teaching and education. Influenced by my experiences and Women's Studies degree, receiving this scholarship has inspired me to work my hardest to pursue positive changes and impacts on academia, as well as focusing my efforts outside of schoolwork. Thank you!”