RAYS announces 2021 scholarships, bursaries

 In Community

Each year RAYS (Resources for Area Youth Success), a charitable organization based in Creemore, awards scholarships and bursaries to qualifying local youth to support them in their post-secondary education.
Since 2012, RAYS has contributed over $350,000 in scholarship and bursaries to students to assist with the financial costs of attending a Canadian college, university or trade program. These financial awards help to cover tuition, academic textbooks, and living expenses while pursing a degree, diploma, or trade school and apprenticeship certification.
To date, RAYS has awarded 24 scholarships of up to $20,000 over four years and 45 bursaries of up to $1,000 per year, all made possible through the generous donations of RAYS donors.
“We are delighted with the growing response to our bursary program,” says Nick Forrest, chair, RAYS bursary committee.
RAYS 2020 bursary recipient Grace Millsap credits the program for its financial contribution which helped cover fees associated with her Agriculture program at the University of Guelph, in addition to the mentoring the program provides.
“The mentor portion of the bursary has helped me immensely while making decisions about my courses and knowing that I always have someone there to reach out to for advice, guidance and support through my schooling, jobs and life,” said Millsap. “I am very thankful to RAYS for allowing myself and other students to pursue their dreams and chosen paths of life through the bursary program.”
To be eligible for either a bursary or scholarship, students must reside in the RAYS catchment area and attend a local high school, in addition, students must have a minimum 80 per cent average in Grade 12 and demonstrate community leadership to be a candidate for a scholarship.
“RAYS scholarship committee members were very impressed with the quality and number of student applicants in 2021 even during this past academic year of disruptions caused by COVID. All applicants demonstrated interest and high motivation to enter university, despite many unknowns – very remarkable,” added Barbara Lemaire, chair, RAYS scholarship committee.

Applications for 2022 scholarship and bursary program open Nov. 30. For more information please visit raysscholarships.com.

Rina Barone is chair of the RAYS communications committee.

2021 Scholarship Recipients:
(payable up to $5,000 per year, for a total of up to $20,000 per student)

Graydon Farness, Nottawa
Collingwood Collegiate Institute
College: Trent University
Program: Teacher Education

Lauren McDermid, Duntroon
Collingwood Collegiate Institute
College: Wilfrid Laurier University
Program: Science

Hannah Oakey, Nottawa
Collingwood Collegiate Institute
College: University of Guelph
Program: Science, Animal Biology

2021 Bursary Recipients:
(up to $1,000 per year per student)

Jessica Byam, Stayner
Stayner Collegiate Institute
College: Georgian College
Program: Biotechnology

Alesha Gibson, Stayner
Stayner Collegiate Institute
College: Georgian College
Program: Opticianry

Maeve Marling, Stayner
Stayner Collegiate Institute
College: Olds College, Alberta
Program: Agriculture

Nolan Campbell, Singhampton
Collingwood Collegiate Institute
College: Cambrian College
Program: Powerline Technician

Claire Gillis, Stayner
Stayner Collegiate Institute
College: Fanshawe College
Program: Child and Youth Care

Kennedi Newell, Stayner
Stayner Collegiate Institute
College: Georgian College
Program: Social Service Worker

Brooke Corcoran, Stayner
Stayner Collegiate Institute
College: Fanshawe College
Program: Pre-Health

Tristan Goodfellow, Mulmur
Centre Dufferin District High School
College: Conestoga College
Program: Computer Engineering

Kole Walker, Stayner
Stayner Collegiate Institute
College: College of Trades
Program: Cabinetry Apprenticeship




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