One of the programs the Battle River Power Coop Board is most proud of is the Scholarship Program. To date, the Coop has invested $58,000 in supporting children of members in advancing their secondary education goals. As a result of the overwhelming interest in the program, effective 2019 we have increased the scholarships to five. Following is a brief snapshot of this year’s successful applicants.
Tia Schram from Bruderheim is studying Management at Concordia University. Tia is a self-professed agricultural enthusiast and passionate livestock producer. With a major in marketing complementing her management degree, her goal is to help develop more efficient and effective business practices for the family farm. She is an avid volunteer in many community organizations from 4-H to STARS to the ‘Santa for Seniors’ project.
Milan Joellen Cuthbert hails from Hughenden and is enrolled in a BSc Honors Biochemistry program at the University of Alberta. Working 6 weeks in an experimental oncology lab at the U of A helped her decide to pursue a medical research career. She has a varied history of helping young people with education tutoring and sports coaching. She was recognized by fellow students and named the Class Valedictorian in June of this year.
Jade Lysyk spent her high school years in Lamont and is enrolled in the Instrumentation Engineering Technology program at NAIT. Dedicated to her professional goals, in 2017 she was able to complete the apprenticeship component of her course by working at Dow Chemical. Jade has always been active in Dance and participated in the Sopika School of Ukrainian Dance tour to several Balkan countries and Hungary. In addition to her volunteering for numerous groups and providing guidance and assistance to younger students, she uses her classical voice training as a member of a local choir.
Boyd Gerow, from Fort Saskatchewan, is enrolled in the University of Alberta BSc Agriculture program. Boyd has been an active volunteer and fund raiser for many local agricultural organizations in Lamont, Bruderheim and Josephburg. For the last three years he has worked with the Lamont Little Sizzlers Rodeo where he takes on the persona of “Stumpy” the clown to entertain the youngsters and help them participate in rodeo events. His goal is to open a private practice as an Agricultural Accountant.
Zachary Prediger is from Ponoka and studying Electrical Engineering Technician at SAIT. He confesses to being technologically minded but also enjoys sports and dabbles in drama by building sets and managing production lighting. Zachary’s letter of reference states he has demonstrated astonishing leadership skills with the motto of leading by example. Content to remain out of the limelight, he is quick to give recognition to those around him and to use his strengths to bring out the strengths of others.