Now her dreams are well on their way to coming true. Esposito is going into her second year in the Department of Supply Chain and Business Technology Management. She is in the co-op program and her placement at Quebec aerospace giant Bombardier in Montreal begins in the fall. She hopes the program will lead to a career in aerospace and aviation.
And it’s all possible thanks to the Concordia Shuffle.
The Shuffle walkathon has raised nearly $1.4 million and benefited more than 800 Concordia students like Esposito since it started 28 years ago. The annual event brings students, faculty, staff and alumni together at Concordia’s Sir George Williams Campus to walk the 6.5 kilometres to Loyola Campus — all to raise money for student scholarships and bursaries.
Winning any scholarship is good news, yet the fact that the money is raised by the Concordia community makes receiving a Shuffle scholarship particularly gratifying.
“It made me realize that someone other than my parents actually recognized the hard work that I’ve put into my schoolwork,” Esposito says. “It’s really nice to have that recognition.”
Lauranne Gendron-Cloutier, a first-year Department of Psychology student, agrees that acknowledgement for hard work is a great feeling.