Thompson Rivers University

Engineering solutions to world problems

  Posted on: July 28, 2016

Alex Mey

Alex Mey is a 2016 Ambassador's Entrance Scholarship recipient and begins his engineering transfer studies this fall.

Discovering solutions to the social, economic, and environmental problems of today and tomorrow is how Alex Mey intends to put his stamp on the world.

The South Kamloops Secondary School graduate is among the recipients of a 2016 TRU Ambassador’s Entrance Scholarship and begins his engineering transfer studies this September. Valued at $22,000, the award recognizes documented exemplary leadership, community service and strong academic performance.

“I believe that my skills will allow me to succeed as an engineer,” said Mey. “Time can be spent in a number of ways and one can choose to waste time or wisely invest. My time is dedicated to the goal of a better future for myself and others.”

As a Rotary International Exchange student, he spent this past year in Taiwan, with the experience further fuelling his desire to help others. He also participated in Model United Nations (MUN) during his time in high school, participating in three conferences on two continents in three years. Mey won the Best Delegate award at the Taipei Junior MUN conference and credits his MUN and Rotary experience for developing his public speaking skills, saying, “I feel extremely comfortable speaking to a boardroom of 100.”

Academic accomplishments:

  • winning grand prize in a national German language podcast contest
  • finishing in the top five percent in academics in School District 73, recognized at SD73’s Honours Reception
  • being a semi-finalist for the national Loran Scholarship
  • participating in the SHAD Valley Program that encourages studies in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, mathematics)

Service to his school:

  • creating school spirit and meaningful experiences through leadership and membership positions with Link Crew
  • assisting the local and global community through his contributions to SKSS’ Global Awareness Society
  • changing lives and academic performance through peer tutoring
  • helping music clubs thrive through membership and leadership positions in Music Council and the concert and jazz ensembles

Service to his community:

  • participating in, volunteering, and organizing fundraising events through Rotary’s youth club Interact
  • creating an inclusive outdoors recreation club for youth called Elevate
  • providing photography services for non-profit organizations like Multiple Sclerosis Society and Developing World Connections