Congrats to Eyad El-Azzeh as a recipient of the 19/20 Canadian Council of Independent Laboratories / Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) scholarship! He noted, “My name is Eyad EL-Azzeh and never thought at the age of 38 I will have a change of career and return to school to study something totally different from what I had an experience in.
It was hard competing with a younger, fresher minds and recent high school graduates or even some with actual experience in the field. But I was not deterred, I studied 7 days a week and till late hours to achieve my goal. And towards the end of the program, Covid-19 happened, which made things harder as I preferred the live classes vs online. But still, I managed to overcome that obstacle and achieved my 4.0 GPA across the board of all semesters.
I wanted to thank first of all my wife for picking up the slack and taking care of the girls while I studied, SAIT teachers and faculty for giving me the means to succeed as well as their patience and last but not least the Canadian Council of Independent laboratories (CCIL) for recognizing my hard work and dedication by selecting me for their Student Award for 2019-2020 year.
We did not get to have a graduation like the students before us, a hand shake, a photo with our families, co-students and our teachers, which definitely had a negative effect on the whole graduation experience, but when CCIL recognized me and my hard work, I felt like what I did mattered and someone saw what I had to go through in order achieve what I had achieved.
I will continue the path towards my undergrad degree in Civil Engineering and this money will definitely help towards that new journey.
Again thank you all for your help as I could not have done this without you.