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Michael Qaqish_Recipient of The Addolorata De Luca Scholarship

Thursday March 26th, 2020 – Addolorata De Luca’s (Nonna) 106th birthday


I am excited to announce the second recipient of The Addolorata De Luca Leadership Scholarship. Michael Qaqish is a first-generation Canadian whose family immigrated to Canada from Amman, Jordan in 1975. Working 16-hour days, learning a new language, and caring for a growing family were some of the experiences Michael’s parents encountered while navigating their new life in Canada. Michael states that “my parents worked incredibly hard to provide a comfortable life for my siblings and me. All I do now is try to work as hard as I can to show my appreciation for the sacrifices they made.”


Michael, a fourth-year Human Kinetics student with over a 90% average, embodies The ADL Scholarship’s mission--honouring our ancestors while giving back to the next generation of student leaders. His leadership and volunteer commitments are extensive. He is the President and Founder of the UWindsor Physiology club, the Outstanding Scholars Council Vice-President and Head Peer Mentor Coordinator, the Team Leader of Community Canvassers for the Kidney Foundation of Canada, and a Pediatrics Volunteer at Metropolitan Hospital. Additionally, he is a Windsor SOS Exam Tutor for Biomechanics, a Canadian Blood Services Volunteer, and an Executive Member of the Forest Glade Optimist Club. The list goes on. Following graduation, Michael’s goal is to pursue Medical School.


I look forward to seeing this scholarship grow and continue to help new students every year. If you would like to assist deserving students, such as Michael, please feel free to contact me or visit ( for more information.



Cessidia De Biasio, Founder of The Addolorata De Luca Leadership Scholarship


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