Deadline is approaching - $26,000 available for local students

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Added: Wed, 05/23/2018 - 12:15pm
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Lynne Lavery

For the past 28 years the Pontiac Scholarship Fund has given bursaries to help local students, with low family income, complete their studies; records show that over $300,000 has been awarded to deserving students to date.  2018 will be no exception, with twenty-six $1,000 bursaries available, all donated by local individuals and businesses. 
 “The main criteria we consider is the need for financial assistance,” said long time donor and committee president, Robert Pelletier.  “How much can the
family and student contribute to help them with their post-secondary studies? 
“My wife, Suzette, and I have donated to the Fund for many years because we don’t want lack of money to be a factor as to whether or not a capable student can continue and complete their studies.” 
The committee, composed of 5 individuals from local business and education sectors, approach businesses, the general public and government
agencies for donations to the fund.  Application forms are now available
on-line and at various drop-off locations throughout MRC Pontiac and the Municipality of Pontiac(www.pontiacscholarshipfund.ca).  After the deadline of June 1, 2018, they will meet to review the applications and choose the recipients based on financial need, but also on the field of study, the level of education they are pursuing, their scholastic results to date as well as long term goals;
community involvement is part of one bursary’s application.  The bursaries will be presented at a ceremony to be held in late June.
“The Pontiac needs educated youth who will return, after their studies, and contribute to the future of our communities.  Education is the key.  Our donors understand this and are very generous in their giving.  We thank them immensely for their support of this very worthwhile project,” concluded committee secretary, France Morissette.