MRC PONTIAC & MUNICIPALITY OF PONTIAC – For the past 30 years, the Pontiac Scholarship Fund has given bursaries to help local students
with low family income complete their studies. Over $350,000 has been awarded to date, and 2020 will be no exception with about twenty $1,000 bursaries available, all donated by local individuals and businesses. According to committee member Jaime Christie-Stewart, members continue to collect donations, so more bursaries may be available by the time the applications open on June 20.
Like most things, the COVID pandemic has affected the scholarship fund. “Applications were launched late this year to give donors more time to be in a position to give. We are very pleased with where we stand considering everything going on and are understanding of the impacts of the pandemic, but realize students’ needs continue,” said Christie-Stewart.
“The most common criteria considered for all of the bursaries is financial need,” noted Christie-Stewart. “However, there are bursaries based on volunteering, some for agriculture, and several for healthcare,” she continued.
The seven-member committee approaches businesses, the general public and government agencies for donations to the fund. Application forms will be available on the organization’s website(www.pontiacscholarshipfund.ca) and social media page as of June 20 as well as at various locations throughout the MRC Pontiac and Municipality of Pontiac. After the August 14 deadline, the committee will meet to review the applications and choose the recipients who best meet the criteria for each bursary, which will be awarded virtually or in person in September, depending on the status of the pandemic.