Trinity Welcomes 2017 Pearson Scholars

Posted May 30, 2017 11:21 am

On May 30, the University of Toronto announced the inaugural The Lester B. Pearson International Scholarship program. The special announcement was attended by U of T President Meric Gertler, members of the Pearson family, Vice-President and Provost Cheryl Regehr, consular officials and four 2017 Pearson Scholars.

Named after Canada's 14th prime minister, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and U of T graduate Lester Bowles Pearson, the scholarship recognizes exceptional academic achievement, creativity, leadership potential and community involvement. It covers tuition, books, incidental fees and residence costs for four years.

2017 Pearson Scholars: U of T Announcement May 30, 2017At the event, Pearson Scholars, including Sue Cho (South Korea: at podium) and Zoe Thompson (Australia: far left), who will be attending Trinity in the fall, shared whey why they chose Canada, the University of Toronto and the College. 

Sue Cho said she was excited to study immunology and cell and systems biology “in one of the world’s most diverse and open cities.” And Zoe Thompson said she was drawn to U of T’s college system and the prospect of studying in the heart of a big city. 

For September 2017, the University will welcome 37 top students from around the globe to study at U of T on the new prestigious and competitive undergraduate award for international students.

With files from Geoffrey Vendeville

See the list of all 2017 Pearson Scholars

Trinity welcomes and congratulate all 2017 Pearson Scholars to the university community, especially the six students who will join us at Trinity College. 

Meet Trinity's 2017 Pearson Scholars


2017 Pearson Scholars: Sue ChoSuehyun (Sue) Cho

Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School 
South Korean student in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada

Faculty of Arts & Science, Life Sciences 
Trinity College

"My name is Sue (or Suehyun) Cho and I am from Korea. I arrived in Canada three years ago, and I have been living in St. Catharines since. I also spent my elementary school years in Singapore. I am enrolled in Life Sciences as a member of Trinity College, planning to major in biochemistry. I have a particular interest in social justice movements, whether they are related to gender equality, race, culture, religion, LGBTQ+, etc. Surrounded by one of the world’s most diverse populations as a study environment is my dream come true—I love meeting different people and sharing my experiences, so feel free to talk to me at all times. It is my sincere pleasure to spend the most memorable 4 years of my life amongst the bright minds at the University of Toronto."


2017 Pearson Scholars: Carey DavisCarey Davis

Algonquin Regional High School | Northborough, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

Faculty of Arts & Science, Social Sciences | Trinity College

"I am incredibly excited to be a student in University of Toronto’s Class of 2021!

I am eager to call U of T and the city of Toronto my new home, 520 miles away from my state of Massachusetts.

I plan on majoring in political science and economics in the Faculty of Arts and Science and hope to be a part of the community at Trinity College."


2017 Pearson Scholars: Mirian LustigMiriam Lustig

Lowell High School | San Francisco, California, U.S.A.

Faculty of Arts & Science, Social Sciences | Trinity College

"I'm from San Francisco, and have been involved with my high school debate team, the Jewish community, and local politics and youth political engagement.

In my free time I like to imagine myself a film buff and connoisseur of rock music. I will be part of Trinity College, and plan to study International Relations.

I can't wait to join the amazing community at U of T!"


2017 Pearson Scholars: Frances McCormickFrances Grace McCormick

Naperville North High School | Naperville, Illinois, U.S.A.

Faculty of Arts & Science, Social Sciences | Trinity College

Frances Grace McCormick lives in Naperville, Illinois, and will graduate from Naperville North High School this spring. Through her school, she has channelled her passion for teaching by serving as a leader of the peer tutoring program. Grace’s other teaching roles include her leadership in the children’s service at her church as well as her involvement as a co-teacher of summer classes in creative writing. Grace enjoys reading and writing short fiction and received the NCTE Achievement Award in Writing for her work. She has also been recognized as a National Merit Scholar and an AP Scholar with Distinction. Grace is interested in studying public policy and has conducted independent research on the impact of faith-based organizations in prisons. Her other academic interests include Russian and Latin American languages and cultures. An avid distance runner, Grace has earned varsity letters as part of a nationally ranked cross country team. She is currently training to run her first (and likely her last) marathon this summer. Grace is excited and honoured to have received the Lester B. Pearson International Scholarship, and she looks forward to developing her academic and extracurricular interests through Trinity College at the University of Toronto.


2017 Pearson Scholars: Zoe ThompsonZoe Thompson

Redlands School | Australia

Faculty of Arts & Science, Life Sciences | Trinity College

Zoe Thompson is coming to the University of Toronto from Redlands School in Sydney, Australia. Whilst in Sydney she studied the International Baccalaureate, at school Zoe was School Captain, Captain of Bands, on the First XI Football team and also participated in dance, musicals and swimming. As well as her school life Zoe represented Australia in two different International Science Olympiads, the only female student in Australia to have done so. At the IESO 2015 (International Earth Science Olympiad), Zoe was awarded a gold medal, the first for Australia in nine years, and was ranked 5th in the world. The following year at the IBO (International Biology Olympiad) 2016 Zoe again represented Australia and was this time awarded a silver medal.

"The olympiads were so rewarding, not only because of the academic challenge we faced but also the social aspect. Meeting like-minded people from across the world in another country and culture is truly such an amazing experience, one that has given me life-long friends spread across the continents."

Zoe is extremely excited to be attending the University of Toronto next year pursuing a life sciences degree as part of Trinity College. She hopes to expand her knowledge in biological and chemical sciences and attend medical school in the future.


2017 Pearson Scholars: Ece YucerEce Yucer

Galatasaray High School | Turkey

Faculty of Arts & Science, Social Sciences | Trinity College

"I am Ece Yucer, a Model UNer, musician, humanist, inventor and much more. I am currently planning to double major in political science and economics, and perhaps pursue a law degree afterward. I am coming from the top public high school in Turkey, Galatasaray High School. Living in Istanbul gave me an opportunity from first hand to comprehend the fight against human rights violations and different ideologies causing political tensions. With this regard, I have served as an office volunteer in Amnesty International, Istanbul and analysed different cases regarding refugee and human rights. I have established an online fundraising for a refugee family, helping them get a second chance at life. In addition, I have participated in over 25 university level conferences during my Model UN journey, and along with receiving many awards as a delegate, I mostly partook in conferences as a committee director or an academic team member. I have started the Model UN conference at my high school and served as the Secretary-General in 2016. Even though I want to major in social sciences, my interest in pure sciences is evident from my high school curriculum, taking physics, chemistry, and advanced mathematics even in senior year, and from the water purification device that I have designed and won international awards. I believe in the correlation between social sciences and analytic skills required for sciences and value the ability to use them both. After leading numerous clubs and activities at high school, maintaining a high academic standing, and enjoying school traditions, I am honoured to be named a Lester B. Pearson Scholar and am looking forward to my new unique journey at Trinity College, University of Toronto."


The Lester B. Pearson International Scholarships at the University of Toronto provide an unparalleled opportunity for outstanding international students to study at one of the world’s best universities in one of the world’s most multicultural cities. The scholarship program is intended to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional academic achievement and creativity and who are recognized as leaders within their school. A special emphasis is placed on the impact the student has had on the life of their school and community, and their future potential to contribute positively to the global community.