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  • Writer's pictureAaryn Lynham

2018 GK Chapter Scholarship Recipient


The MRU Golden Key Society chapter offers an annual scholarship to an outstanding member who exemplifies the organization's three pillars of academics, service and leadership. This feature story highlights the 2018 recipient, Céline Copeland, and her contributions to the community.

Project Overview

I wrote this feature story, published as a Facebook Note on the @mrugoldenkey page, after reviewing Céline's original application and speaking to her directly at the 2018 New Member Recognition Event in person. This served as an opportunity to highlight the scholarship opportunities that come with Golden Key membership and doubly showcases the exceptional members within the chapter!


2018 Member Scholarship Recipient

November 20, 2018 CALGARY

The MRU Golden Key International Honour Society chapter is excited to announce that Céline Copeland is the recipient of the 2018 chapter scholarship. A fourth-year Public Relations student at Mount Royal University, Céline is maintining a 4.0 GPA alongside a myriad of volunteer roles within the community.

Céline volunteered as the Vice President of the Best Buddies club at MRU for three years to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities amongst university students. She was recognized in March 2017 for her work in the disability community as one of 50 youth invited to the May 2017 Rick Hansen Youth Leadership Summit in Ottawa.

In Summer 2018, Céline volunteered as a social media coordinator at The Terry Fox Foundation, sharing her passion for communications. Her work helped produce one of the most successful iterations of the run in Calgary, raising $150,000 for cancer research.

With her passion for golf, Céline has volunteered at her local golf course and with Alberta Golf to engage young people in the sport. She hopes to continue to volunteer in the areas she is most passionate about: sport and disability.

"We are thrilled to recognize Céline as an exemplar of Golden Key's values of academics, service and leadership. We wish her luck in her future endeavours as an exceptional community member."

About Golden Key Society

Established in 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia, the Golden Key International Honour Society provides members with opportunities to partake in service initiatives, network with peers across institutions and apply for both local and international scholarships. More than two million Golden Key members are in 390 chapters across Australia, Canada, India, Malaysia, New Zealand, South Africa, The Bahamas and the United States. Learn more at

About MRU Golden Key Society

The Mount Royal University chapter of the Golden Key International Honour Society is the first in Calgary and the second in Alberta. Since 2015, the chapter has welcomed more than 400 members and eight honourary inductees, including Mayor Naheed Nenshi. Membership is by invitation only for the top 15 per cent of students within each faculty based on academic achievement. Golden Key helps members realize their potential through its three pillars: academics, service and leadership. Learn more @mrugoldenkey on Facebook and Instagram.


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