By Justin Seward
There is the feeling every year from Grade 12 students as to how they are going to fund their post secondary education.
However with the help of the Redcliff Scholarship Committee for Advanced Education since 2002, 30 Redcliff students have been awarded the Redcliff Scholarship awards.
Two more local students, Eagle Butte High School grad Ashley Bradbury and Medicine Hat High School grad Daniel Kilpatrick were the recipients of the $5,000 Redcliff Scholarship Award this year.
Bradbury will be attending the University of Lethbridge for Bachelor of Psychology degree before going to law school at the University of Calgary.
“It feels accomplishing,” said Bradbury.
“I’ve just worked really hard throughout the year to try and save up money. It feels good that I was rewarded with a scholarship.”
She has been in the Prairie Rose School Division (PRSD) her whole educational life, starting when she attended Isobel F. Cox School for elementary school and went through Parkside School at the junior high level before attending Eagle Butte and now the scholarship will pay her first year at the University of Lethbridge.
“It feels securing since I’m moving out of my parents house and moving into a new city,” said Bradbury.
It was when she arrived at Eagle Butte three years ago that she was shown to a new group of people that she made life long friends that she plans to stay in contact with and a teacher that motivated her.
“Mrs. Kraus was always a big motivation,” said Bradbury.
“We always talked about how I wanted to go to psychology and then become a lawyer. She lent me some of her psychology books from when she went school. She always told me to go for it and go for my dreams.”
She is looking forward to meeting new people and the scenery in her new city this fall, while embracing the new educational opportunity.
For Kilpatrick the news that he was one of the recipients could not have come at better time because he was dealing with his grandmother’s passing.
“It feels fantastic to be recognized as one of the young volunteers of Redcliff and one of the most involved people in my community,” said Kilpatrick.
“ It was at a bad time as my grandmother just passed and it was just fantastic to get that phone call and know all my hard work here actually ended up being worth something.”
The Medicine Hat High School graduate went to school in the city his whole life and had nothing but great experience in School District 76.
“I also believe we have some of the best teachers in the province and the educational side is fantastic,” said Kilpatrick.
“It was a nice transition for me and it was good to meet a whole bunch of new people that I wouldn’t have otherwise. I’ve had some long time friends from being in the school district.”
He will enroll at Medicine Hat College with plans to transfer to the University of Lethbridge to complete both a Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of Science degree.
“Both this year’s award recipients are extremely focused with very specific goals for their futures,” said scholarship chairperson and PRSD trustee Arnold Frank in a press release.
“I wish them tremendous success as they move forward in obtaining the education needed to set them up for rewarding and long-lasting careers.”