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Community Roots Scholarship

Our 2024 scholarship application will open in October, 2024. 


We are proud to offer scholarship opportunities to students active in our local communities who are enrolled in post-secondary education.

Congratulations to our 2023 Northern Birch Community Roots Scholarship recipients! 

Scroll down to read more about our recipients and their community involvement.

Bronwyn Pajo

Bronwyn is a second-year student in the Sociology program at the University of Toronto. She has been involved in the Toronto and wider Canadian Estonian community for her entire life, attending Jõekääru Estonian Children's Camp for many summers as both a camper and later as a lifeguard. Bronwyn now participates in the Estonian Girl Guides as a guide leader.

Cole Huszti

Cole Huszti is in his 4th year of the Economics Program at Wilfrid Laurier University. He has been involved in the Toronto Estonian community through Scouting, attending Estonian summer camp as both camper and counsellor as well as head lifeguard. Most recently Cole has become a member of Toronto Estonian Men’s Choir, travelling to Estonia to sing in the song festival.

Dana Grietins

Dana is currently in her fourth year of the Concurrent Education program at Brock University. Dana is heavily involved in the Latvian community, specifically with her participation in the Latvian camp as a counsellor, committee member and chair. She was recently a committee member for the Sidrabene camp’s 70th anniversary celebration and received the Daugavas Vanagi award on behalf of Sidrabene Camp. She is also in her 10th year participating in Latvian dance, now co-leading the new children's dance group. 

Eneli Mölder

Eneli Mölder is in her 4th year of the Marine Biology Program at Dalhousie University. Eneli has been involved in the Toronto Estonian community since childhood, attending Girl Guides, Estonian Supplementary School and Kungla children's folk dance group. She also worked as a children's program coordinator at the Estonian Metsaülikool (Forest University) and received a Youth Ontario Volunteer Service Award for helping at EstDocs.

Heli Pallop

Heli Pallop is in her first year of Creative Industries at Toronto Metropolitan University. She has been active in the Estonian community through her childhood, attending Suvekodu camp in Long Island for many years and has now as a counsellor. This year Heli was Lead Organizer of Suvekodu camp’s folk dance group at their performance at The Lakewood Estonian House.

Ingmar Erik Kiviloo

Ingmar Kiviloo is in his second year of the Music Production and Songwriting program at Berklee College of Music in Boston. He is passionate about his music and has shared this with the broader Estonian community, performing as a violinist and singer at Seedrioru and Jõekääru summer camps as well as at Tartu College, the Estonian House and Ehatare Estonian nursing home.

Joonas Roose

Joonas Roose is in his 3rd year of the Economics program at Wilfrid Laurier University. Joonas has been involved with the Estonian community in Toronto since moving from Estonia as a child. He attended the Estonian Jõekääru summer camp first as a camper and then a counsellor. Joonas has also joined the Estonian Fraternity “Rotalia” in Toronto.

Karley Koppel

Karley Koppel is in her 4th year of the Early Childhood Studies Program at Toronto Metropolitan University. Karley spent summers at the Canadian Estonian camp, Jõekääru, and spent the summer of 2017 living with a family in Estonia. She is a member of the Estonian women’s sorority Korp! Amicitia.

Laas Kolga

Laas Kolga is in his first year studying to be an Aviation Technician in the Aircraft Maintenance program at Fanshawe College. He has been involved in the Estonian community since childhood, attending Estonian school, scouts and summer camps Jõekääru and Kotkajarve, where he was a lifeguard this past summer. Laas has also participated in Kungla folk dancing and Estonian choir.

Lief Kolga

Lief is in his third year of the Criminal Justice and Public Policy program at the University of Guelph. He has been involved in the Estonian community all his life, through Estonian school, summer camp and scouts. During the last 4 summers, Lief has been working at Ehatare Estonian retirement and nursing home.

Ruby Sorra

Ruby Sorra is a first-year student at Stanford University, where she received a scholarship to play beach volleyball. She has been involved in the Estonian community for many years, attending Estonian volleyball camp every summer and returning there this past summer to inspire young players.

Tiana Tora

Tiana Tora is a 4th year student at Carleton University pursuing a Bachelors of Computer Science, with a minor in Mathematics and a specialization in Mobile Computing. Tiana has been involved with the Latvian community throughout her life. She has participated in a multitude of Latvian summer camps across the US and Canada and has attended various Latvian school programs from kindergarten throughout high school. Tiana enjoys music and finds a particular connection to the Latvian community through playing the kokle, which she also assisted in teaching at the Latvian Saturday School.

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