Saturday May 22nd, 2021
I am proud to announce the third recipient of The Addolorata De Luca Leadership Scholarship. Sophia Pham is a first-generation Canadian whose parents, as refugees, immigrated to Canada shortly after the Vietnam War. They encountered multiple barriers including language and culture, in addition to minimal resources and education. Despite this adversity, they worked hard and were able to stay resilient and make a life for themselves. Sophia states that “my parents story reflected the importance of a strong work ethic and resilience which can enable us to achieve great things.”
Sophia, a second-year Neuroscience student with over an 80% average, embodies The ADL Scholarship’s mission--honoring our ancestors while giving back to the next generation of student leaders. Her leadership and volunteer commitments are extensive. Sophia is the President and Co-Founder of Students Supporting Seniors, a club promoting volunteerism with senior citizens. She is a volunteer with the Pre-Optometry Club, We Student United, and is an event volunteer for Lead at the University of Windsor. Sophia also tutors youth and supports her local parish. Following graduation, Sophia’s goal is to pursue a career in Optometry.
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 Sophia, please feel free to contact me or visit ( for more information.
Cessidia De Biasio, Founder of The Addolorata De Luca Leadership Scholarship