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Wilfrid Laurier University Communications, Public Affairs & Marketing
December 4, 2016
Canadian Excellence


Brian Moore, Alumnus

Brian Moore was just 13 when he inherited his older brother’s computer and began a lifelong love with technology. The recent Laurier grad will be able to continue his love of computers with the help of a 2012 Google Lime Scholarship for Students with Disabilities.

Moore (B.Sc. ’12) is one of 15 students from across North America – and one of just four Canadian students – to win a Google Lime Scholarship. He received a grant of $5,000 and attended a three-day Google Scholars’ Retreat at the Googleplex in Mountain View, California in June, 2012, along with recipients from U.S. universities such as Harvard, Cornell, Stanford, and Carnegie Mellon.

“I was so excited when I found out I had won. I called my family right away,” said Moore. “This award will help me pursue my goal of becoming a professor of computer science.”

The award, which was founded in 2009, is given to undergrads pursing a degree in computer science, computer engineering, or a closely related field. Applicants have a visible or invisible disability, a demonstrated passion for computer science, and must maintain a strong academic performance.

Moore has a progressive neurological disease known as Friedreich’s that affects his balance and coordination. Growing up, he says it was hard to keep up with his peers due to the physical limitations of his disability. But then he discovered computers and realized he had a special talent.

“The computer my brother gave me was the single greatest gift I have or will ever receive,” Moore says.

Moore, who came to Laurier in 2008 for computer science, also has a computer science diploma from Sheridan College and a bachelor degree in computing from Australia’s University of Western Sydney. He plans to do a master’s degree in computer science.