The Rotary Club of Oakville Trafalgar Scholarship Update

The RCOT have been busy selecting the candidate for the first Rotary Indigenous Scholarship. The scholarship is $7,000 a year for a full-time Indigenous student in years 2, 3 or 4 of undergraduate study. The scholarship is renewable if the student continues full-time studies and is in good academic standing. The student should demonstrate financial need, good leadership initiative, and have a promising career goal. Mature students are to be given preference. In order to select the scholarship recipient, a ranking system was developed with 35% of the weight for financial need, 25% for First Nations Community involvement, 10% for a mature studen. 20% for the student's letter, and 10% for the recommendation letter from a professor, Band Council member or employer.

In 2016, we selected a mature student from the Anishinabek Kwe First Nation. She is starting her 3rd year in Indigenous Studies and a minor in Indigenous Healing and Wellness at the University of Sudbury. She is on the Dean's Honour List and plans a graduate degree in Indigenous Health. She has volunteered with First Nations youth and for a Cultural Sensitivity Training Workshop. She had a summer job conducting research with the Poverty, Homelessness and Migration in Northern Communities team. Upon graduation, she plans to work with First Nations communities in the field of Indigenous Health.  Here are her words from her application. "Although it has been a struggle financially to get myself to this point, I feel like I have been given an amazing opportunity to be a student at University of Sudbury, learning and experiencing more than I could have ever imagined. When I started this program, I told myself that I would work extremely hard, that I would put myself out there, and find a positive way to give back to my community...".

We were so pleased to be able to support this candidate. We were sorry that we couldn't support the other 4 really strong applicants.

We are continuing to search for partner clubs for this scholarship. We have a presentation that we could give your club or committee. Any size donation would be appreciated. Cheques can be made out to RCOT Foundation (put Rotary Indigenous Scholarship in the memo line), Box 52104, Oakville, ON L6J 7N5.

Contacts:

Claire Conway   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Cliff Thompson   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bill Kerr   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Rotary Oakville Trafalgar Indigenous Services Committee