The Lester B. Pearson International Scholarship was created to bring exceptional students from around the world to study at the University of Toronto. The University is pleased to announce and welcome these outstanding students as members of the 2020 cohort of award recipients, including four students – Daniel Corredor Llorente, Paridhi Goel, Aamyneh Amyn Mecklai and Claire Love Parish – who will be joining the Trinity College community.
September 25, 2020: U of T rolls out virtual welcome mat for 2020 cohort of Pearson scholars
Pearson College UWC, Colombian student in British Columbia, Canada
Faculty of Arts & Science, Trinity College, Social Sciences
Born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia, Daniel has committed himself to becoming part of the next political generation that will build peace and equality in one of Latin America’s most violent and unequal countries. As an active leader from an early age and an emerging activist for peace-building in his country, Daniel wrote a book on education for peace and travelled extensively with CISV and The Experiment to share his nation’s experience on peace and conflict resolution, diversity, human rights, and sustainable development.
While in Colombia, Daniel played a leading role in planning the International Day of Peace in Bogotá and founding Paz A La Calle – 18, a social movement for minors to mobilize and express their support for a peace agreement in the country. Moreover, he was the president of his school’s student council and the conflict-mediation team, eventually becoming the president of the association of student councils in the city.
In 2018, Daniel moved to Canada after receiving a scholarship to Pearson College UWC, one of 18 worldwide United World Colleges, offering the International Baccalaureate Diploma program. At Pearson, he led the Global Affairs initiative, a co-curricular student club that hosted dialogue series with renowned Canadian and international speakers exploring major global issues, including climate change, reconciliation, and nonviolent social change.
As a Lester B. Pearson scholar at the University of Toronto, Daniel is filled with optimism and commitment at the prospect of joining a cohort of diverse, talented, and driven young minds that will analyze the realities of the world as it is, to then re-imagine them as they could be.
Indraprastha World School, India
Faculty of Arts & Science, Trinity College, Mathematical and Physical Sciences
‘I think, therefore I am.’ (René Descartes)
“A Homo sapien who loves to deeply understand how different things and ideas work. My areas of interest include mathematics, computer science, physics, astronomy and philosophy. In high school, I made eleven preliminary asteroid discoveries under the All India Asteroid Search Campaign. I worked with a research group, studying the effects of climate change on the Antarctic glaciers.
“Apart from being the usual STEM nerd, I am also a black belt in Taekwondo and a National medalist. After eight years of practice, I have learned to live by the five tenets of Taekwondo: courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control and indomitable spirit. Taekwondo has taught me to advocate equality and freedom with actions rather than words. The ultimate purpose of any martial art is to eliminate fighting by discouraging oppression over the weaker or less privileged and to build a more peaceful world based on humanity, wisdom and justice.
“I am honoured to receive the Lester B. Pearson Scholarship, and I am extremely grateful to the University of Toronto for considering me a worthy recipient. I take it as my responsibility to make the most of this opportunity.”
Bombay International School, India
Faculty of Arts & Science, Trinity College, Rotman Commerce
An aspiring lawyer and social entrepreneur, Aamyneh hopes to study economics and finance. In 2018, she started ‘Speak To Lead,’ through which she taught conversational English, global awareness, and public speaking skills to students from low-income families enrolled at government-run schools to help students think critically, globally, and inquisitively. ‘Speak To Lead’ birthed an extraordinary family of 250 students united not by income-brackets, race, background, or language, but by their determined pursuit of knowledge: a desire to speak in order to lead.
Apart from teaching, Aamyneh dances ballet, plays the piano, and enjoys being a Virginia Woolf aficionado. She writes about the art of volunteering for India’s first weekly newspaper for children and spends her free time diversely: researching about securities and financial markets; designing an e-mobile platform for rural India to help re-skill nurses in the field of oncology; or working on a documentary, ‘Bridges & Barriers of the English Language,’ which aims to raise awareness about the inequality in educational opportunity in correspondence with India’s Right To Education Act, 2009.
She is honoured to represent her school, the Bombay International School, which she led as Head Girl and Captain, as part of the Lester B. Pearson Scholars cohort.
Forest Hills Eastern High School, Michigan, U.S.A.
Faculty of Arts & Science, Trinity College, Social Sciences
“Hi! My name is Claire Parish and I’m from Grand Rapids, Michigan. I spend my free time reading, running, listening to music, and trying to get my cat off my computer. I love learning about animals, humans, and the world around us. I volunteer at a local humane society and the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan. I also started and am part of my school’s Mock Trial team, and am on our Model UN executive board. As a member of the Episcopal Church, I have been part of youth group events, mission trips, and church governance throughout high school. I am also a long-time participant in the National History Day competition, a five-time national finalist with a focus on political and environmental issues. My most recent project, focusing on Michigan PBB contamination in the 1970s, was published in Michigan History magazine and a local newspaper. I plan to go to law school and hope to work in environmental or animal law, teaching, interpreting, and upholding the laws protecting animals and the environment. The many opportunities and resources at the University of Toronto bring me one step closer to that goal. I am honored to receive the Lester B. Pearson Scholarship, and I am excited to become part of and contribute to the University of Toronto community.”