Two students head to university with RAY’s Place scholarships

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Through the generosity of two new donors, Ray’s Place was able to provide two four-year university scholarships to two local students. 

Each of the scholarships is for $20,000, payable in four equal installments of $5,000. 

The recipients this year are Hailey Sacerty (right), of Creemore, and Amy Hinchey, of New Lowell. 

Both students have strong connections to Creemore. They both worked at the Creemore arena for a number of years. 

Sacerty has worked at Affairs Bakery for the past two years and Hinchey has been at Foodland for a similar period. Many readers will have interacted with them as customers of these businesses. 

They received strong letters of reference from their employers highlighting their work ethic and ability to interact with customers.

Sacerty graduated as an Ontario Scholar from Collingwood Collegiate Institute where she received a number of other awards at commencement in recognition of academic success and contributions to the school. She is attending Mohawk College in Hamilton in pursuit of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in conjunction with McMaster University.

Hinchey graduated as an Ontario Scholar from Stayner Collegiate Institute. She too received other awards at commencement by virtue of her ability to balance a number of activities without sacrificing academic achievement. She is attending Carlton University in Ottawa in the Bachelor of Global and International Studies Honours Program.

The competition was strong again in 2018. The two scholarship recipients were chosen from the four interviewed finalists. 

Ray’s Place is pleased to be able to support Sacerty and Hinchey as they continue their education. We are confident they will grow and thrive in their chosen programs. We thank the generosity of the many donors who have made it possible for us to continue to support a total of 10 university students in their studies.

The recipients are chosen based upon several criteria including financial need, academic achievement, personal commitment to saving for university, community involvement, leadership at school, two letters of reference, and an essay describing their academic journey to-date and their motivation for pursuing a university degree. 

– Submitted by scholarship committee chair James McSherry. 

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