One by one, faces from across the planet popped up on the screen.
The new University of Toronto students, all recipients of the university’s prestigious Lester B. Pearson International Scholarship, were participating in a virtual reception on Zoom in anticipation of their eventual arrival on campus when COVID-19 travel restrictions allow.
U of T President Meric Gertler extended a warm welcome to the students, taking note of the unusual circumstances.
“You’re beginning your university education in an extraordinarily challenging and unusual time in our history,” he said, “and, I have to say, after reading your very impressive biographies, I know that you are more than equal to the challenge.
“The University of Toronto is ready to help you make the most of this opportunity.”
The scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate exceptional academic achievement and creativity, and who are recognized as leaders within their school. It also emphasizes recipients’