The Fort Saskatchewan Rotary Club will once again award two lucky high school seniors a $1,000 scholarship.
On June 2, the local Rotary Club announced that “one scholarship will be available for a student attending an accredited college or university, and one scholarship will be available for a student attending an accredited technical institute or trade school.”
The annual scholarship is open to all graduating students from any Fort Saskatchewan high school.
Students may apply in their graduating year or within one year of their graduation if they have chosen to upgrade or take a gap year prior to attending a post-secondary program. The application documents must be postmarked no later than July 30.
“Over the years we have awarded many scholarships and are pleased to assist students fund their postsecondary education,” said Ted Griffiths, Rotary Club President.
The application form with detailed criteria and instructions can be downloaded from the clubs web site at portal.clubrunner.ca/465 or from the counsellor or youth leader at Fort High, John Paul II, and NextStep High School.
Last year, the Rotary Club of Fort Saskatchewan selected the recipients for their annual scholarship program following nearly two dozen applications.
“The scholarship itself is not just for high marks. High marks used to be a standard for giving out award money, but it’s just one of five or six things now,” said club president Ted Griffiths. “Leadership is very important, also volunteerism, personal achievements in and around Fort Saskatchewan is another and various positive activities that they’ve been involved with – so, we’re looking for that all-around student that contributes to the community as a winner.”
The Bill Devereux Scholarship, awarded to a recipient attending a university, was presented to 2020 Fort High valedictorian Karissa Goulding.
The Terry Buchanan Scholarship, awarded to a recipient attending a technical or trade school, was presented to Lindsay Bettac of St. André Bessette.
“We could’ve given out probably nine or ten scholarships this year, all of them would’ve been justified,” added Griffiths. “It’s always refreshing as an adult to evaluate these applications and to realize, you’re going to have trouble picking the top two because there’s so much competition in trying to find the best suitable candidate.”
This year’s recipients will be announced later this summer.