Jonah Christensen Memorial Scholarship

At our tenth annual Magical Evening fundraiser in 2018, we were pleased to announce the beginning of the Jonah Christensen Memorial Scholarship, an annual scholarship of $1000 to be given to one student each year to help fund their post-secondary studies. This scholarship was created by the Christensen family in memory and in celebration of Jonah’s kindness, curiosity, mischievousness, and energetic drive to live life to the fullest. We hope this annual award will encourage youth to reflect on these qualities as they look toward their future endeavours.

2023 Scholarship Winner:

Congratulations to our 2023 Jonah Christensen Memorial Scholarship winner Yoonchae Lee!!  Yoonchae is going into a Bachelor of Arts degree at UBC this fall. They volunteer at school and art galleries and is passionate about writing and biology, and have plans for an MLIS in information accessibility and librarianship for public service.

Applicants must…

2024Jonah Christensen Memorial Scholarship:

Applicants will be required to submit a 750-word essay on the year’s topic to, by the submission deadline.

This year’s essay topic:

**To Be Determined**

Note: Submissions in either English or French are accepted.

Application Format: Applications should be sent as a Word document to Please have the subject line “Scholarship Application” and include your name, age, phone number, current high school and intended post-secondary institution in the body of the email, not in the essay attachment.

The application deadline is March 31st, 2024.  All applicants will receive a confirmation of submission. The winning applicant will be announced by June 19th, 2024.

The Selection Process:

All applicants will receive an email confirmation that we have received their application.

First Round – Qualification

  • Any applications that do not meet our requirements, for example if the applicant is not attending a post-secondary institution registered as a charity or did not answer the essay question, will be rejected.

Second Round – Shortlist

  • All eligible essays will be assigned a random number to avoid bias and the Scholarship Administrator, Hannah Christensen, will read all eligible essays and grade them based on the following criteria:
    • Creativity (/5)
    • Style and organization (/3)
    • Punctuation, grammar, spelling (/2)
    • Content (/5)
  • Tips: Make sure your essay is creative, concise, and clear. While you should make some mention of relevant extra-curricular activities and future goals, focus more on telling a compelling story than cramming in your entire résumé.

A shortlist of 5 essays will be selected from this round.

Final Round – Selection

  • A final panel of the Christensen family and/or Celebrate the Child volunteers will read and evaluate the final 5 essays selected in the Second Round, and determine the final winner. The winning essay’s randomly assigned number will be connected back to the applicant’s contact information and the winner will be contacted.

For more information about this award, contact Hannah Christensen at

If you’d like to receive a reminder when the scholarship application period opens, email with the subject line “Please remind me – Scholarship 2024”

Past Winners:

2022: Cheryl Chen

Cheryl is a senior French IB student at Sir Winston Churchill Secondary in Vancouver, BC.  She plans to attend UBC with a major in computer science this coming September, in hopes of applying technology towards sustainable development.  Cheryl is an avid roboticist and marine biologist, who volunteers at schools and parks, respectively, to share her enthusiasm for women in STEM fields.

2021 Joseph Lim

Congratulations to Joseph Lim, our third annual scholarship winner. Joseph is the young founder of Boxes of Hope Youth Foundation which is a charity organization that aids disable and hospitalized individuals. He plans to attend Simon Fraser University to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree with the goal of becoming a health entrepreneur. He’s passionate about networking, research and serving the community as humanitarian.

2020 Evelina Borvanova

We are so pleased to congratulate Evelina as our second Jonah Christensen Memorial  Scholarship winner! Evelina will be heading to Kingston, Ontario in the fall to work towards her Bachelor of Science Honours degree. She is moving along to her ultimate goal of attending medical school and becoming a paediatric doctor, in order to help children and youth in her community. We wish her the best of luck and hope the scholarship helps her to advance her goals and passions.

2019 Quinton Braziller

Quinton is a Grade 12 student at Sir Charles Tupper Secondary School who enjoys scuba diving, hiking, biking, and track and cross country running. We’re looking forward to him putting our first annual scholarship to good use as he heads to UVIC’s engineering program in the fall. As he moves forward in his career, Quinton is looking to bring about change with his passions for conservation and sustainability, and his interest in exploration vehicles such as rockets, rovers, and deep sea research submarines. Congratulations Quinton!

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