$26,000 available for students from Pontiac Scholarship Fund

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Lynne Lavery

For the past 24 years the Pontiac Scholarship fund has given bursaries to help students with financial needs complete their studies; since 2003, records show that over $230,000 have been awarded to deserving students. 2016 will be
no exception, with twenty-six $1,000 bursaries donated by local individuals and businesses. 

Lynne Lavery

For the past 24 years the Pontiac Scholarship fund has given bursaries to help students with financial needs complete their studies; since 2003, records show that over $230,000 have been awarded to deserving students. 2016 will be
no exception, with twenty-six $1,000 bursaries donated by local individuals and businesses. 
“The main criteria we consider is the needfor financial assistance,” said long time donor and committee member, France Lamarche. “How much can the family and student contribute to help them with their post-secondary studies? My
husband (Dr. Maurice Lamarche) 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, which is composed of 6 other members from local business and education sectors, works with the SADC to approach businesses, individuals 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 see page 6 for more information). After the deadline of June 3, 2016, the committee 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,” Mme Lamarche concluded.