More than grades

A graduating Clayton Heights Secondary student with business savvy will be eligible for an entrepreneurial scholarship, thanks to a Surrey real estate agent.

Robbie Johal recently donated $1,000 to start a scholarship fund in his name at Clayton Heights.

The Robbie Johal entrepreneurship award will be awarded to a Grade 12 student who displays salesmanship or entrepreneurship through a self-started small business or other form of employment.

The eligibility criteria considers a candidate’s drive for business success without weighing academic success.

Johal says business-savvy students who don’t necessarily have the grades to show for it should still be rewarded for their entrepreneurial spirit and forward-thinking ideas.

Johal, a coach with a youth T-ball league and Clayton Elementary PAC member, also says it’s important to give back to the community.

Bruce Dayton, a school counsellor and career education advisor, says between 250 and 300 Grade 12 students have an opportunity to apply for scholarships each year. He thanked Johal for the donation, and for being part of the school community.

“The kids work hard, they’re volunteering often in their school and their community, they’re playing sports, they’re helping their peers – this is a very nice way to reward those kids with some help with their post secondary education,” Dayton said.