The Gert Vorsteher Memorial Bursary for students with disabilities was created by British Columbia Rehabilitation Foundation (“BC Rehab”) in 2014 to award two educational grants of $5,000 each to British Columbians with a physical disability who intend to pursue post-secondary education that will lead to employment and greater personal independence.

Congratulations, Somayeh Mansouri!

Dear BC Rehab Gert Vorsteher Memorial Bursary, 

I hope this letter finds you in good health and high spirits. I am writing to express my deepest gratitude for the tremendous impact that the generous $5,000 award has had on my education journey. Your support has not only alleviated financial burdens but has also opened doors to countless opportunities that have enriched my academic experience. 

Receiving the award has been a life-changing moment for me, and its positive effects have rippled through various aspects of my educational pursuits. One of the most immediate benefits has been the relief from financial stress. As a student, juggling academic responsibilities with the constant worry about meeting tuition fees, purchasing textbooks, and covering living expenses can be overwhelming. The $5,000 award has significantly eased these financial constraints, allowing me to focus more on my studies and extracurricular activities. 

With the financial burden lifted, I have been able to invest more time and energy into my academic pursuits. The award has enabled me to afford essential textbooks, academic resources, and materials crucial for my coursework. This newfound accessibility to learning materials has greatly enhanced my academic performance, providing me with the necessary tools to excel in my studies. Additionally, I have been able to participate in academic conferences, workshops, and seminars, broadening my knowledge and networking with professionals in my field of study. 

Beyond the immediate impact on my academic responsibilities, the award has empowered me to explore educational opportunities that would have otherwise been out of reach. I have been able to enroll in supplementary courses and workshops that complement my major, allowing me to develop a more well-rounded skill set. This diversification of my academic pursuits not only enriches my education but also enhances my competitiveness in the job market upon graduation. 

Moreover, the financial support has enabled me to focus on my academic and personal growth without the burden of part-time employment. This freedom has allowed me to engage in internships, research projects, and volunteer opportunities related to my field of study. These experiences have been invaluable, providing me with practical insights and hands-on skills that go beyond the theoretical knowledge gained in the classroom. 

The impact of the award extends beyond academics, influencing my overall well-being and mental health. The financial stability it provides has relieved the constant worry about meeting basic needs, allowing me to approach my education with a clearer mind. This has translated into improved concentration, motivation, and overall satisfaction with my educational journey. 

In addition to the tangible benefits, the recognition and support from your organization have served as a source of motivation and inspiration. Knowing that there are individuals and organizations committed to investing in the education and future success of students like myself has instilled a sense of responsibility and gratitude. It has motivated me to strive for excellence in my academic endeavors, with the intention of making a positive impact on the community and society as a whole. 

As I reflect on the transformative effects of the $5,000 award, I am reminded of the profound influence it has had on my educational path. The financial assistance, academic enrichment, and personal growth made possible by your generosity have contributed significantly to my success as a student. I am deeply grateful for your belief in the power of education and the positive change it can bring to individuals and communities. 

In conclusion, please accept my heartfelt appreciation for the impact of the $5,000 award on my education journey. Your generosity has not only eased my financial burden but has also paved the way for a brighter and more promising future. I am truly honored and grateful to be a recipient of your support, and I am committed to making the most of this opportunity to achieve academic excellence and contribute positively to society. 

Thank you once again for your unwavering support. 


Somayeh Mansouri Nejad 

Somayeh Mansouri

University of British Columbia

Doctor of Pharmacy