The first ever Leaders of Tomorrow post-secondary scholarships were presented by the Headingley Regional Chamber of Commerce to three high school graduates at their graduation ceremonies at the end of June.
Each $1,000 scholarship has been donated by one of the generous corporate sponsors as part of the annual Headingley Regional Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament.
A large number of Headingley teens attend Westwood Collegiate, John Taylor Collegiate or College Sturgeon Heights Collegiate. For this reason, the Headingley Chamber board members voted to award the scholarships to these schools.
"At the Headingley Regional Chamber of Commerce we pride ourselves on fostering the new and continued growth of businesses and entrepreneurs in our area," president Graham Hawryluk said.
"The recipient of this scholarship should embody an active mind and lifestyle, while demonstrating traits of leadership in their environment plus an ambitious attitude. Applicants must also have been accepted to an accredited post-secondary institution of their choosing."
This year’s scholarship recipients were Matthew McCorquodale-Bauer, from Westwood Collegiate; Ryan Hrabi, from John Taylor Collegiate; and Andrew Land from College Sturgeon Heights Collegiate.
"I am so thankful for this incredibly generous scholarship. It will help me so much in being able to afford my first year of university. I am very happy and proud to live in a community that appreciates and supports post-secondary education and I hope to be able to give back to Headingley someday!" McCorquodale-Bauer said.
Ray Louie — operating partner at The Gates on Roblin — who sits on the board of the directors of the Headingley Regional Chamber of Commerce was on hand to present McCorquodale-Bauer his certificate and scholarship.
Louie enjoyed being able to be part of this momentous day for the graduates.
"It was fantastic!" he enthused. "I presented to a very appreciative young man. All three schools were on board and eager to help the chamber find the right recipients."
Corporate sponsors who made the scholarships a reality were Starbuck Credit Union, Fast Plumbing and Visual Works.
The 2015 Headingley Chamber of Commerce golf tournament will once again offer the opportunity for businesses to step up and sponsor the Leaders of Tomorrow post-secondary scholarships.
Valerie Chatain-White is a community correspondent for Headingley. You can
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