Scholarship Program

The West Niagara Agricultural Society in co-operation with the Niagara 4-H Association is pleased to present the TRICIA VAUGHAN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM Through this program we aim to develop an awareness of the importance and benefits of higher education. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.

The Scholarship application deadline is August 15th each calendar year.
Please submit applications to:
West Niagara Agricultural Society
7402 Mud Street
Grassie, ON L0R 1M0
T: (905) 309-9939

Email : info@westniagarafair.ca

This annual West Niagara Agricultural Society Scholarship Program celebrates young leaders who have excelled in their achievements as 4-H club members and at school and in their community. The Scholarship has been running since 2007 and the purpose of this program is to develop an awareness of the importance and benefits of higher education. It is offered by the West Niagara Agricultural Society with the cooperation and support of the Niagara 4-H Association to current members of Niagara 4-H who have completed at least six projects and are enrolled in a recognized post-secondary education program. The Tricia Vaughan Memorial Scholarship awards three scholarships in the amount of $1500.00, $1000.00 and $750.00. Applicants must submit a copy of their academic report cards of their last year of secondary school, a list of their extra-curricular activities, their completed 4-H clubs, involvement in the community and a brief essay discussing their personal goals.

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Tricia Vaughan Memorial Scholarship Winners 2021

By Ann Marie Chechalk

The annual Tricia Vaughan Memorial Scholarship celebrates young leaders who have excelled in their achievements as 4-H club members and at school and in their community.   Now in its sixteenth year, the purpose of this program is to develop an awareness of the importance and benefits of higher education.  It is offered by the West Niagara Agricultural Society with the cooperation and support of the Niagara 4-H Association. The scholarship is open to current members of Niagara 4-H who have completed at least six projects and are enrolled in a recognized post-secondary education program.

Due to Covid the 4-H program saw many changes to mostly virtual meetings and subsequently fewer members. Only one scholarship was awarded this year in the amount of $1000.00. Applicants submitted a copy of their academic report cards of their last year of secondary school, a list of their extra-curricular activities, their completed 4-H clubs, involvement in the community and a brief essay discussing their personal goals.

Tricia’s parents Norman and Catharine were pleased that Jade Gibson was chosen as the scholarship recipient.

“Once again the scholarship selection committee did an excellent job of choosing this very deserving winner,” said Catharine Vaughan. “We were especially pleased to note that Jade has been an active participant in our local fairs, and 4-H clubs. We have known Jade for many years. She radiates happiness and enthusiasm. She is a marvelous mentor to the younger 4H members, and gives of herself, not only to the 4H clubs, but to everyone in her community. Jade is truly deserving of this award.”

Jade Gibson has been an active participant in more then 50 4-H clubs over nine years, excelling in Mini Horse Club, Scrapbook, Explore Club, Rabbit Club and more. “If I had to pick only one club that I really liked”, says Jade, “it would be the Explore club because I got to try many new things and I always enjoyed meeting new people.” 

If leaders had to pick one thing they remember about Jade is her smile and her welcome to new members. Always making sure she spoke to them and made them feel comfortable. Maybe also Jade Gibson in the 4-H Back Bacon Booth, as she spent many hours volunteering in that booth.

In Grade School Miss Gibson, travelled to Grimsby as part of the French Immersion program. There she excelled in developing her oral French. “A regular day”, she says, “would be all French except for our English class. I started French Immersion in Grade 4 until I graduated and continued French Immersion throughout high school at Grimsby Secondary School.”

Now Jade has grown up. “I am 18 now and I have my home on Concession 3 just outside of Smithville, but I am attending Ottawa University. I chose the Ottawa Algonquin Collaborative 4 year program to receive a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. It has a good stimulation lab and is known for its hands-on facility.”

“It is going well, tons of memory work, and a lot different than high school! The class I like most is Philosophical issues in healthcare as I am able to see what ethical issues there are and talk about resolutions that could be made to resolve these issues. The hardest class is Anatomy as there is a lot of memory work. I will do my practical work at Pembroke Regional Hospital.”

Congratulations to Jade, she will be using her scholarship money towards her tuition.

 

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