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PURPOSE

Many young people who have the ability to attend post-secondary institutions will not get that opportunity because of limited family resources.  The Rotary Club of Calgary at Stampede Park / Supreme Windows / Richardson GMP Stay-In-School Scholarship Fund is designed to provide financial support for some of these students.  In addition to the winners, we believe that all Grade Six students attending Falconridge and Sherwood Schools have been motivated by the program to consider post-secondary education. Improved morale of teachers, and a greater awareness by parents of educational opportunities available to their children, is also an outcome of the program.

 

 

THE FUND

The Rotary Club of Calgary at Stampede Park and Richardson GMP provided the initial funding for the program and continues to support the program financially. However, the program has received substantial support from non-Rotarians as well.  In 2005, Mr. Donald Gray President of Peyto Energy and Mr. Grant Smith of the Petrie Foundation donated funds to the program. In addition to the generous support from individuals, the Rotary Club of Calgary at Stampede Park holds a Charity Golf Tournament every year in July to add to our investment account. Supreme Windows is our golf tournaments’ major sponsor. The proceeds annually are in excess of $150 000.

The funds are in low-risk investments that are managed by Richardson GMP and overseen by the Steering Committee of the Rotary Club of Calgary at Stampede Park.  At present, the fund is worth $4.3 million with a goal of $4.5 million by 2021. The scholarship is $30 000 ($7500) per year for 4 years at any post-secondary institution.

 

 STUDENT SELECTION

Two students, one boy, and one girl are chosen from each of our selected schools.  Students selection is based on the following requirements;

  • Complete the requirements to enter Grade Seven.
  • Attend a public, separate, or charter school in the Province of Alberta for Grade 7 through Grade 12.
  • Must complete the requirements to enter a post-secondary educational institution.
  • Must maintain a consistent level of achievement.

The candidate for the scholarship must complete an application form.  All applicants will have their application screened by a committee of Rotarians who will compile a shortlist for the interviews. The interviews are conducted by members of the selection committee (Rotarians). Both the student and the parent(s) are in attendance for the interviews.  When the recipients are chosen, they are introduced to the Rotary Club of Calgary at Stampede Park at a special luncheon usually held in late May of each year.

MENTORING

The students selected for the program are assigned a mentor (usually a Rotarian), who guide them throughout the process until they graduate from a post-secondary institution.  This process ensures that the students continue to obtain high marks, and keep focused on remaining in school.

 CONCLUSION

Since the inception of the program in the year 2000 to the present, we have had 66 students participating or have completed the Stay-in-School Program.

The success of the program can be attributed to those who have donated generously to the fund, and to a large number of volunteers, especially the mentors, who give their time living up to Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self”.

 

MORE INFORMATION

For more information please contact us:  stayinschool@rotarycs.org