Back when the school year began, Loula Abib’s mom suggested she apply for a new scholarship being offered by Ottawa Community Housing.

At first, the first-year uOttawa psychology student rejected the idea, thinking it would only be a waste of time. But her mom kept on her about it, and finally on the day of the deadline, Abib filled out the application, and promptly forgot about it.

A few weeks later, she learned she was a finalist for one of five $1,000 Ron Larkin scholarship awards, for first-year post-secondary students living in community housing.

“It helps so much,” she said. “My family is not that wealthy and university is kind of expensive.”

The scholarship was named in recognition of retired as OCH CEO Ron Larkin.

“I hope that these scholarships will ease the financial burden associated with pursuing academic goals,” said Larkin.

Larkin winners
Abib, along with Carleton University students Samatar Yusuf, Sagal Osman, Molly Twikirize and Algonquin College robotics program student Irina Popova, received their scholarships at the OCH board meeting.