Ashton College is pleased to announce this year’s recipients of the Canadian Immigrant magazine-sponsored Lilian To Bursaries for Immigrants are Amir Moradian Arjmand and Cecilia Miwa Ide Ferreira.
Arjmand, a mechanical engineer from Tehran, came to Vancouver in 2014 with his family, only to discover he would need to undergo a lengthy recertification process in order to continue to work in engineering. Instead, Arjmand decided to focus on establishing his own business and applied for the full-time tuition bursary to study international trade.
“I want to connect with others from different regions and countries, and although I have experience running my own steel company, winning the bursary will allow me to complete my Canadian education and learn soft skills and Western business standards,” he says.
Arjmand’s co-winner Ferreira also had trouble finding employment in her field after arriving in Canada. “I worked in human resources in Sao Paulo, but when I arrived in Canada I realized that most Canadian companies require an HR degree, and my previous education is in finance,” she says. “The bursary will allow me to return to school and secure a position in the Canadian job market. I am so thankful to have been chosen for this opportunity.”