Dr. Barry Beckett, Elise Aylen and John Aylen, the selection committee of the McEuen Scholarship Foundation, met on April 27 to interview a short list of candidates for the 2017 scholarship.
This year’s winner is Malcolm Risk, who is completing his last year at Upper Canada College in Toronto. Malcolm has been accepted into the Master of Arts (Honours Mathematics – Philosophy) program at St. Andrews as of September 11 of this year. Malcolm impressed the selection committee with his discussion of how mathematics is relevant in the real world and its place in philosophical arguments, combined with his background knowledge of the McEuen family history and the aim of their scholarship.
On being told he’d won the scholarship, Malcolm was both shocked and honoured he’d been chosen as the recipient. “The opportunity to attend St Andrews is an incredible one and I know from my visit to the school that there is no place I'd rather be studying,” he said. “From debating, to studying math and philosophy, to getting closer to my Scottish heritage, there are so many things I'm excited to do next year. I'd like to express my heartfelt thanks to the foundation for their immense generosity and to the selection committee for the honour of my selection.”
Malcolm brings an impressive set of skills and accomplishment to St. Andrews including stellar marks in the International Baccalaureate Diploma. He’s a chess player, a debater, oboe player, lacrosse and squash player, widely recognized with awards for both his academic and athletic performance.