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Empowering young aspiring business leaders to dream big

Renessa Nandita Ramsingh, BCom ‘26

“As a young woman, I aspire to continue the pattern of breaking the glass ceiling and learning from the inspiring and powerful women who have come before me to challenge gender roles and initiate change on a global scale,” says Renessa Nandita Ramsingh (BCom ‘26), the inaugural recipient of the Rotman Commerce Reunite Scholarship.

“When I received this scholarship, it reminded me that I have what it takes to achieve anything I set my mind to…It reminded me to believe in myself.”

Renessa Nandita Ramsingh, BCom ‘26

Ramsingh came to Rotman Commerce as an international student from Trinidad and Tobago with a longstanding commitment to community engagement and leadership throughout high school – including several achievements as President of the Interact Club (part of Rotary International) and the UNESCO Club. With the support of this scholarship, she continues to focus on building community through student clubs and non-profit groups at Rotman Commerce and the University of Toronto.

“At times, studying at university can be very daunting and challenging,” says Ramsingh, reflecting on her recent first-year experience in the Accounting Specialist stream.

Receiving the Rotman Commerce Reunite Scholarship was a motivating validation of her grit and perseverance, the qualities that had brought her to study at Rotman Commerce. “When I received this scholarship, it reminded me that I have what it takes to achieve anything I set my mind to,” she says. “It reminded me to believe in myself.”

With her renewed confidence and involvement with the Rotman Commerce First Year Learning Community, Ramsingh cultivated a strong support system while learning key skills such as time management, resume-building, understanding of the job application process and the importance of thinking quickly on her feet. A true testament to her confidence, support system and new-found skills, she secured a summer internship this year with KPMG, a significant step towards turning her dreams into a reality.

“I cannot begin to express my gratitude for the financial aid I received toward my undergraduate degree,” she emphasizes. “I can assure you that your kindness and generosity will not be wasted.”

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