Jordon Hong

Photo courtesy of UM Today News

Makers Making Change volunteer Jordon Hong was named one of the University of Manitoba’s Schulich Leaders, earning an $80,000 scholarship.

During his time as a student at Miles Macdonell Collegiate in Winnipeg, Jordon helped start a Makers Making Change chapter at the high school.

Jordon was also the founder of the school’s Hack Club, providing a space for his fellow students to code and program.

“These are just some examples of how technology can be used for many different things, these ones being for the community itself,” Jordon told UM Today News. “I believe the world needs leaders in science devoted to technology for community, not for commercialism.”

Jordon will be studying computer science at the University of Manitoba, telling UM Today News that he is interested in using his skills and education to preserve dying languages.

“It is a big honour to be named a Scholar. Being able to join the network of other Scholars and collaborating with them on other projects is very exciting.”

The Schulich Leader scholarship is awarded to high school students going into STEM programs at 20 partner universities across Canada. Jordon was one of two students at the University of Manitoba to receive the award.

With files from UM Today News. You can also read Jordon’s interview with the Winnipeg Free Press.