Sayk’pru Say has overcome plenty of diversity in her 19 years.
But today, the young Langley resident is getting an educational boost this school year thanks to a little help from Coast Capital Savings credit union and its Youth Get It Education Awards, given to students who have faced exceptional hardships while succeeding in school, and supports them with their post-secondary education expenses so they can continue to pursue their goals.
Coast Capital is awarding $47,500 to 18 students in the Fraser Valley region through the credit union’s Youth Get It Education Awards.
All told, Coast Capital Savings awarded $152,500 to 60 B.C. students through the program.
Sayk’pru was surprised to receive the award.
“A friend of mine recommended me,” she said. “When I got it I was just so happy.”
Sayk’pru and her family are originally from Myanmar (formerly Burma), but she lived in a refugee camp in Thailand for the first 10 years of her life before coming to Canada in 2008.
Once here, she faced adversity in school because she was not able to speak English as well as her classmates, and because she was not accustomed to Canadian culture and traditions.