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Petrolian wins $2,500 Diabetes Hope scholarship

Petrolia Topic Staff

Janet Babula, 17, of RR 4, Petrolia, has won a $2,500 scholarship from the Diabetes Hope Foundation and Medtronic Foundation.

She is one of more than 30 stellar young students with Type 1 diabetes that were awarded the scholarship. The scholarship money will go towards her post-secondary studies.

Babula's career ambition is to become a medical researcher and she'll attend Guelph University in September for a biochemistry co-op program.

A Grade 12 student at Petrolia's LCCVI, she is a leader, innovative thinker, responsible team and committee member, and an exceptionally bright student. Last year, Babula was honoured as one of 28 students across Canada to be accepted into a "Gene researcher for a week" program, sponsored by the Canadian Gene-Cure Foundation and her host scientist was Dr. Robert Hegele at the Robarts Research Institute in London, Ont.

Her passion for medical research was also expressed through her involvement with the Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA). During diabetes month, Babula worked with the CDA to promote awareness about diabetes at LCCVI and raise money for the cause.

In her spare time, she helped organize a pumpkin pie fundraiser at LCCVI for the family studies department, and for world and local hunger prevention. She also volunteers to go grocery shopping for seniors in the community.

Babula said that "...in life, every opportunity is a chance to grow as a person."

Babula said she is "...really pleased at winning the award, considering lots of others applied for it, and because anything that helps pay post-secondary tuition is great. I was appreciative to win the scholarship and feel honoured to be a recipient. The Diabetes Hope Foundation believes in helping diabetic adolescents like myself succeed in the transition to adulthood, and the scholarship will be a helpful contribution to my education."

Scholarship winners are screened for their academic performance, contribution to the community, demonstration of leadership skills and the quality of their diabetes care.

A scholarship "Evening of Hope" presentation ceremony was held May 9 in Toronto, where Babula and other scholarship recipients were recognized for their academic, sports, and community accomplishments.