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Laird's Story

Laird Alexander Morris, UC student, stands in front of The Pillars of Justice sculpture outside the Ontario Superior Court of Justice at 361 University Avenue in Toronto, Ontario.
Laird Alexander Morris, recipient of the David & Vivian Campbell Scholarship
"I ignored all the naysayers and cynics who thought the hill was far too steep.  The David & Vivian Campbell Scholarship recognized years of hard work, and has made U of T’s Summer Abroad program at Oxford University affordable."

Laird Alexander Morris remembers how it felt entering U of T as a mature student at age thirty-one. “It can be awkward and makes you feel a bit anxious,” says Laird. But, his mind was set on achieving his dream of applying to Law school.

Laird left high school at fifteen to work and support himself.  “I learned valuable lesson being at the bottom of the employment pool, “says Laird. “You get a good sense of the disrespect people can have—abuses of power at work or landlords that could care less.” These experiences inspired a desire to want to become a crown prosecutor and help those less fortunate. “I want to help protect vulnerable people and ensure their rights are respected,” says Laird.

At U of T, his hard work and determination paid off. In third year, he achieved the highest GPA in UC’s Canadian Studies program and was awarded the David and Vivian Campbell scholarship. The award confirmed for Laird that returning to school was the right decision. It also provided financial assistance for his acceptance to the Oxford University-Summer Abroad program, which will enhance his application to law school.

“I ignored all the naysayers and cynics who thought the hill was far too steep.  The David & Vivian Campbell Scholarship recognized years of hard work, and has made U of T’s Summer Abroad program at Oxford University affordable.”

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