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Council Awards Post-Secondary Bursaries to Local Students

Posted on August 8, 2023 by Sunny South News

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Lethbridge County has awarded three students with $1,500 bursaries to help support their post-secondary studies at the Aug. 3 Council meeting.

Abigail Giacchetta, Elayna Vucurevich, and Emma Reurink were each presented with $1,500 out of an “impressive group of applicants.” The evaluation criteria included academic merit, community involvement, and a letter written by the applicant outlining future goals and aspirations.

The County has historically awarded two $1,000 bursaries, but a resolution passed by Council earlier this year increased the total number of awards to three and increased the value of the bursary by $500 each.

“We were so impressed by the number of applicants and their extraordinary contributions to their communities. It was difficult to narrow down to just three recipients, as each applicant has shown incredible commitment and dedication to their studies and through community service,” said Councillor, and member of the selection committee, Lorne Hickey.

Recipient Emma Reurink will be attending Olds College and enrol in the Animal Veterinary Technician and said  as a life-long County resident, she is “honoured” to receive the bursary. “I am thrilled to be awarded this generous gift. Education is the key to success. This bursary will help me pay for some of my tuition and I am ever thankful.”

Kate Andrews High School graduate, Abigail Giacchetta, has plans to enter the medical field and will apply the funding to her pursuit of her Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience at the University of Lethbridge. Giacchetta said the funding, “will greatly help me in my postsecondary journey as schooling is expensive, especially since I would like to eventually attend medical school. Every scholarship is immensely advantageous for me, like this one. I am very grateful to receive this award.”

The County’s 2024 bursary application will go live in the spring of 2024, and County residents entering their first year of post-secondary studies in the fall are encouraged to apply. The award is not exclusive to high school graduates. The award is open to any County resident, including mature students, attending an accredited college, university, or trade school.

Reeve Tory Campbell added, “The Post-Secondary Bursary Program is an initiative that Council has been proud to support since 2020. We wish today’s recipients, and all applicants much success in their educational journeys.“

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