Master's Student Receives Prestigious Scholarship Honouring Legacy of Nelson Mandela
Jessica Reid one of ten recipients of $17,500 Canada Graduate Scholarship Master's Scholarship to Honour Nelson Mandela
In recognition of her research into the support of children affected by parental incarceration, Trent University Psychology master’s student, Jessica Reid, has received a prestigious $17,500 national scholarship that celebrates the legacy of Nelson Mandela.
Ms. Reid, who completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Trent before starting in the M.A. program in developmental psychology in 2014, is one of ten masters students in Canada selected to receive the 2015 Canada Graduate Scholarships - Master's Scholarship to Honour Nelson Mandela.
The scholarship, administered jointly by the Canada Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), celebrates Mandela's legacy and his tireless pursuit of peace, democracy, justice and freedom through learning, understanding and education.
"This award speaks to the high calibre of the graduate students we attract and support at Trent with great success. It’s important to note this award is not one that students apply for – Jessica’s file stood out as a one that was worthy of additional recognition," said Dr. Elaine Scharfe, interim vice-provost, dean of graduate studies and Ms. Reid's supervisor. "This award is an absolute honour for Jessica, and I am so thrilled for her."
The funding will support Ms. Reid's research on the differential impact of parental incarceration, comparing the internalizing and externalizing behaviours of boys and girls ages six to 12. In addition to her studies, Ms. Reid is the co-founder and executive director of For Children of Incarcerated Parents (FEAT), the only non-profit organization dedicated to providing supportive programming that fosters self-esteem and security for children affected by parental incarceration.
"I would like to thank SSHRC, Trent University and Dr. Scharfe for supporting my research on children affected by parental incarceration. Receiving this prestigious Nelson Mandela distinction is an honour and will help to raise awareness on the need to support these innocent victims of crime in our country," said Ms. Reid. "Children of incarcerated parents are an understudied, forgotten, at-risk population in Canada. Through my research I hope to leverage support from the government to provide evidence-based programming to optimize their psychological, social and education outcomes and help to break the cycle of intergenerational crime."
Among the students who received Canada Graduate Scholarships, 10 were selected to receive this honorary mention and the award will include "to honour Nelson Mandela" in its title. Learn more about the scholarship by visiting, http://bit.ly/1QNl1ZM
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