Lakehead graduate earns McCall MacBain Regional Award

Chris ArmientoLakehead University graduate Chris Armiento (HBSc'22) has earned a $5,000 McCall MacBain Regional Award. This scholarship recognizes engaged student leaders who have demonstrated exceptional character, community engagement, leadership potential, entrepreneurial spirit, academic strength, and intellectual curiosity. It provides funding for a full-time master’s or professional program at any public university in Canada.

Chris is an intern at Confederation College, assisting the school in implementing sustainable development goals. They recently earned a bachelor's degree in neuroscience from Lakehead, where they served on the board of the student union and mentored international students. Chris has also organized climate action projects and events, developed a workshop to teach high school students about climate activism, and contributed to research on adolescent exposure to cannabis marketing. They are applying to medical school and medical research master's programs.

“As a young person finding their way in the world, taking part in this scholarship was very valuable,” said Chris. “Participating in this process helped me reflect on my experience up to this point and the lessons I learned will undoubtedly help as I move into the next stage of my career!”

Chris placed among the top 95 of more than 700 Canadian applicants this year.

The McCall MacBain Scholarships are the result of a landmark $200 million gift in 2019, then the largest single donation in Canadian history, by John and Marcy McCall MacBain. 

Applications will open in June 2024 for September 2025 admission. In addition to 30 fully funded scholarships, up to 100 awards of $5,000 to $20,000 will be offered. More information about the McCall MacBain Scholarships can be found at