Local community builder HIP Developments, as part of its support for the Creative Capital of Canada movement, is thrilled to announce the inaugural winners of the “What Will You Create? scholarship.
Olivia Cullen (UW), Hashveenah Manoharan (UW), Liam Murphy (UW), Kevin Paul Naranjo Paredes (UW), Kristen Williams (WLU) and Jonathan Wilson (WLU) will each receive a $1,000 scholarship towards the pursual of their studies in the Creative Capital of Canada.
“To be recognized for my creativity here in the Creative Capital of Canada is really something special—an accomplishment that will inspire me to keep dreaming big and pursuing my passion,” said Jonathan Wilson, second year User Experience (UX) Design student at Wilfrid Laurier University and “What Will You Create? scholarship winner.
Olivia Cullen, a fourth year Speech Communication student at the University of Waterloo said, “It is an honour to be recognized by a company that is doing so much to encourage local creativity in all forms—one that invests time and energy into inspiring the next generation.”
With the goal of encouraging the next generation of creative minds, HIP Developments introduced the scholarship in September 2019 in support of the Creative Capital of Canada movement. Applications were open to students enrolled at Wilfrid Laurier University, the University of Waterloo and Conestoga College. Students were asked to submit an essay answering the scholarship’s question of “What will you create?” The scholarship recipients submitted applications that demonstrated drive, passion, creativity, and an idea that could change the world.
“Inspiring the next generation of creative minds, instilling confidence in their problem-solving spirits, and encouraging the celebration of our success stories is what this scholarship is all about,” said Scott Higgins, President of HIP Developments. “I’d like to congratulate this first cohort of scholarship winners as well as all who applied—the students in our region will no doubt carry our creative lineage forward.”
The Creative Capital of Canada is a grassroots movement of community and business leaders seeking to help shape the identity of the Waterloo Region by celebrating and extending our lineage of problem solving creativity.
As an early, loud supporter of the Creative Capital of Canada movement, HIP Developments has been championing a variety of projects across the region that support creativity among younger generations.
“The focus right now is to teach and inspire the creative minds who reside here—to encourage them to embrace their individual creativity in an effort to spark a chain reaction,” said Higgins. “The “What Will You Create? scholarship is just the beginning of what’s to come.”
The winning ideas include:
• A music therapy podcast that exists to build connections across the world while educating listeners about music therapy.
• An affordable and flexible community using modular and sustainable structures—with design considerations based on Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.
• A series of re-naturalized spaces within our cities that act as a Teaching Garden Network for urban dwellers, involving nature education and public participation in the natural world.
• A platform that serves to accelerate the process of talent acquisition—connecting startups with the right candidates according to individual work, financial and cultural needs.
• Developing land-based seaweed farms using freshwater to accompany the large markets for seaweed including food, animal feed, cosmetics etc.