James’ Story

  August 17, 2020

2020 Youth Education Award Recipient

James Wang (Mississauga, ON)
Pursuing Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Education at University of Windsor
Diagnosed with a Medulloblastoma at age 6
Generously funded in Memory of Angus King

I am honoured to be a recipient of the 2020 Youth Education Award. I am very happy to learn that I was selected and I am deeply appreciative of your support. I want to thank the generous contribution of the King family who generously funded this award. Words are not enough to express my appreciation for your generosity.

I am pursuing a concurrent music education undergraduate degree at Windsor University. I plan to become a music teacher to share the journey music has brought me to where I am today and to share my progress with others. Thanks to you, I am one step closer to that goal.

My Cancer treatment has left me with many side effects, which include high-frequency hearing loss, slow processing speed, short term memory loss, and language deficits. Despite all these side effects, cancer did not leave me without an appreciation for music. I have never viewed myself as being different than the rest of society, in fact, I view it as my own unique experience. Even though I have to work harder than others, it is a challenge that I welcome.

With the funds provided by this scholarship, I hope to one-day use music to make our world a better place. I am passionate about helping people as I have been the recipient of a lot of care during my sick days. Being a recipient of this scholarship means that there are no barriers that can stop me from achieving my dreams or define who I am. I know that it is through hard work and willingness to give back that will allow me to excel as a musician.

Having the financial aid from this scholarship will allow me much more time for me to focus on enhancing and developing my musical capabilities. Despite my disabilities, I want to help others in any way I can through music and to show the world that anything is possible if you put your mind to it.

Without a doubt, this scholarship will play a key role in achieving my educational dreams. Because of your generosity, the financial burden placed on me to pursue my education will be reduced. That means I can spend more time on my studies with less time worrying about my finances.

Thank you again for your generosity and support. I promise you that I will work very hard and eventually give the enjoyment of music to others, both as a teacher and possibly a scholarship to future students like myself.