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“I’ll never forget the satisfaction of opening up a letter informing me of the receipt of an academic achievement award and I wanted to pass that amazing feeling to others.”

The Lassonde School of Engineering’s inaugural Alumnus of the Year, Abdullah Merei (BASc ’09, MBA ’15), is a rare breed among twentysomethings. While still attending the Schulich School of

Business at York University, Merei established the Merei Family Scholarships to benefit students in the Lassonde School of Engineering. His $10,000 donation supports three students annually who are enrolled in the Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science: one demonstrating leadership skills (with preference to women candidates), one demonstrating both leadership skills and financial need, and one recognizing academic excellence.

When asked why it’s important to support students, Merei says, “The sense of accomplishment a scholarship gives the student is out of this world. Every time I received an award for my academic standing, it motivated me to work harder and achieve more. Growing up, I was always taught I should help people whenever I can. My family sponsors several students attending universities and I wanted to do the same.”