New $5,000 scholarship open to SD 69 students

Money for Canadian post-sec. — applications must be in by April 7

A new scholarship from the Pieter de Reuver Foundation will award a School District 69 student with $5,000 towards a Canadian post-secondary institution.

The new Award of Excellence comes after several others from the foundation that specifically awarded money for students attending VIU.

This award allows the $5,000 to go “directly to an accredited Canadian post-secondary institution in the school year following (the School District 69 student’s) graduation,” said a school district news release.

The money will be awarded annually to a graduating high school student.

“I think (this new scholarship) is great because it broadens the appeal for students in our district,” said Rollie Koop, superintendent of schools for SD 69.

“This way, any of our top students who meets the award criteria can apply for it, have their nomination forwarded through the school to a selection committee here at the district, and then (we will) forward three or four for consideration and the foundation will actually be making that decision,” he said.

Award criteria includes excellence as a learner, commitment to community service, and active participation at school in arts, athletics, leadership or service.

Applications must include a cover letter from the student; a transcript of grades for semester one of their graduating year, and a list of courses for semester two; a reference letter from the school principal or Grade 12 counsellor; a completed student profile (which are available through a school counsellor); and letters of recommendation or certificates supporting completion of community or volunteer service.

Application packages must be submitted by the school to the office of the superintendent of schools for consideration no later than April 7.