Recent History – 2001-2003
January 8, 2003
By Kelly Harris, Daily News Staff
Central Middle School student Brad St. Germain is $750 richer after winning a scholarship recognizing aboriginal youths throughout Canada.
The scholarship, given out by the Foundation for the Advancement of Aboriginal Youth, gave out 25 scholarships for $750 shortly before Christmas. St. Germain was one of 1,400 Canadian students to apply for the award.
“I’ve put the money into a college account,” the Grade 9 student said. “I want to be a teacher or doctor.”
The national scholarship is supported by Marathon Oil Ltd and given out by FAAY under the auspices of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business.
The goal of the group is to encourage Canada’s aboriginal students to stay in school and offers support for students seeking futures in their education.
Students are asked to write an essay about a topic of their choice and are chosen on the basis of academic standing and contributions to the community.
Aside from having good grades, St. Germain is a member of the Dawson Creek Golf and Country Club, were he shoots a 20 handicap through 18 holes.
The 14-year-old is also plays minor hockey in Dawson Creek and lists the Toronto Maple Leafs as his favourite NHL team.
It was the first time anyone from the school had even applied for the scholarship, said Caron Jones, First Nations Support Teacher.
Jones said the ability for one of the school’s students to achieve the honour should be an encouragement for other students at the school.
“It was the first time we’ve ever applied to this organization,” she said.
FAAY has been in existence for the past eight years and have awarded more than $750,000 to 600 students through that time.
In addition to the cash and plaque, St.. Germain will also be honoured in the society’s yearly publication featuring winners of the scholarships and bursaries from across Canada.