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Atlantic Bursary Program Graduates

Published: June 3, 2014 4:00 pm ET

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Getting help to pay for college or university sounds good right? Then apply for the Atlantic Provinces Bursary today!

The Atlantic Provinces Bursary Program has returned for its eighth consecutive year. The costs of post-secondary education are growing consistently, as are the number of students attending. With the support and funding of various Atlantic province organizations and Standardbred Canada, five students will be awarded bursaries to assist in funding their education. Atlantic partners include Horse Racing New Brunswick, the Nova Scotia Harness Racing Industry Association, Prince Edward Island Harness Racing Industry Association and the ‘Stretch Drive Fund’ created by the Maritime Provinces Harness Racing Commission’s race officials.

Since its inception seven years ago, the Atlantic Bursary Program has awarded 31 bursaries to students to assist them in paying for post secondary tuition.

Mark Whidden, a 2009 bursary winner, attended the University of Waterloo, graduating from the prestigious Actuarial Science program, and now works as an Actuarial consultant in Halifax. During Mark’s years at university, he was able to do some travelling, including Australia, where he watched Auckland Reactor race in the Inter-Dominion, and Lexington to see Somebeachsomewhere set a World Record.

Winner of a bursary in 2011, Amy McDonald is currently attending the Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador, entering her fourth year this coming fall. Amy is enrolled in the Faculty of Education and is seeking a Bachelor of Education, Primary/Elementary, with a double focus in English and Math. After graduation in 2016, she intends to return for her Bachelor of Special Education. As her program only has 40 students, Amy had the opportunity to make many great friends. When her mare, Onaway, was expecting her foal, her classmates and Professors were kept up to date on her progress.

Kyle Burton, another 2011 winner, is well known in racing circles for his photography. Kyle is graduating this year from the Nova Scotia Community College in Truro, Nova Scotia. He will be receiving multiple designations through his International Business Program. In his college experience, Kyle had the opportunity to meet a wide range of people which led him being exposed to other cultures, an essential component to the study of international business. The hands-on education and practical experience gained during his three year program has left Kyle ready to tackle his next challenge post-graduation.

2012 winner Emily MacPhee is currently in her third year of a business program at the University of Prince Edward Island. Emily started in Kinesiology but made the switch after deciding a business degree suited her best. She is currently completing her degree with joint-institution involvement, completing two years of study at Holland College and two years at the University of PEI. Emily has had the opportunity to experience a lot of memorable moments in her post secondary education, but the pinnacle was being awarded the CCAA Academic All Canadian Award for two consecutive years.

If you are a student residing in the Atlantic Provinces and attending college or university this fall, then you have the opportunity to apply to this program.

Get your pens and paper out because in addition to participation in the industry, financial need and academics, each applicant will be expected to submit a typewritten essay on one of the following topics:

  • What would you like to see the ‘I Love Canadian Harness Racing Fan Club’ do in 2014 to further engage Canadian harness racing fans? (events, contests, etc.)

  • How can we engage new people in racing when they are at a racetrack?

Applicants must be Canadian citizens and an SC member or a child/spouse of a member. Applicants also must be enrolled in a post-secondary institution for September 1st, 2014.

Applications are due June 30, 2014 and the winners will be announced in mid-July.

Email [email protected] for an application or click here to get started today!

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