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Hanna Hofmeister has always had two main passions: science and the outdoors. She was also an exceptional high school student. It was a combination of these things that brought her to College of the Rockies.

“I knew I was not financially prepared to leave my hometown, where I had a job and the support of my family,” she said. “I was also extremely lucky to receive the Scholastic Distinction Scholarship from the College, which allowed me to complete my Associate of General Science Degree absolutely student debt free!”

Though modestly describing her receipt of the Scholastic Distinction Scholarship as lucky, this particular award only goes to students who have a minimum 85 per cent grade average in their grade 11 and 12 classes. It is the most valuable and prestigious scholarship awarded by the College.

Remaining in Cranbrook to complete her Associate Degree provided Hanna with the opportunity to combine her passion for science and her love of the outdoors. She selected courses like ecology, geology, and vertebrate biology, taking every opportunity she could to incorporate her love of the outdoors and nature into her studies.

After completing two years at the College, Hanna moved on to the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) to complete the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program. She then plans to work as a sonographer part time while completing her Bachelor of Health Science through Thompson Rivers University distance learning.

She’s thankful she had the opportunity to begin her education at College of the Rockies.

“The highlight of my time at the College was during an ecology lecture when my instructor brought in a Ktunaxa Knowledge Holder who spoke about the different ways of thinking about biology and the environment.

“My instructors also did an exceptional job of stressing the importance of organization, problem-solving strategies, and essay writing skills. Everything I learned at the College helped me to excel at BCIT.”

After completing her education, Hanna hopes to travel and work in Australia and New Zealand before returning to Canada. She then hopes to work at Vancouver General Hospital and assist with medical research to help advance and innovate the use of ultrasound technology.

“I hope to be a strong advocate of patient-centered care in my career and to set a good example for other sonographers to remove our biases and treat every patient equally and with kindness.”

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