Belleville, Ontario, August 2, 2018 – Loyalist College encourages prospective skilled trades students and apprentices to apply for The Weston Family Scholarship in the Skilled Trades by the deadline of August 24 for a September 2018 start. This nationwide program, which began as a three-year pilot project at Loyalist College in 2013, provides wrap-around supports, including financial incentives and mentorship, to help more people pursue skilled trades education as a valued pathway to rewarding careers.
At Loyalist, the Weston Family Scholarship, formerly known as The W. Garfield Weston Foundation Fellowship, started with a total commitment of $240,000 for 60 students and has grown to providing support for more than 190 students entering skilled trades programs through 2020. For the Fall 2018 semester, more than 20 Weston Family Scholarships will be awarded. During the course of their studies, recipients who maintain a specified minimum average may receive up to $4,000 in bursaries from The W. Garfield Weston Foundation and tuition credits from the College.
“The W. Garfield Weston Foundation is extremely proud of its long history of supporting excellence in education across Canada,” said Eliza Mitchell, Director, The W. Garfield Weston Foundation. “For five years we have worked closely with Loyalist College to develop this program so that it provides students with the support they need to complete their training. We look forward to welcoming more recipients this year and helping them to pursue valuable and long-lasting careers in the trades.”
Compared to peers in their programs, Weston Family Scholars have higher completion, certificate achievement and retention rates, which they attribute to the program’s academic and professional support. They participate in various industry events, hosted with support from the Weston Family Scholarship, which strengthen their skilled trades network and expand their career opportunities. This evidence-based program model, created by The W. Garfield Weston Foundation and Loyalist, is being replicated by other colleges, as well as training providers and social service agencies.
“We are very grateful for the ongoing generous support of The W. Garfield Weston Foundation,” said Dr. Ann Marie Vaughan, Loyalist College President and CEO. “The Weston Family Scholarship provides a platform for addressing the importance of the skilled trades sector and recognizing the specialized skills and experience required to succeed in the wide variety of related careers. This program at Loyalist is one that continues to lead other colleges forward in building a stronger workforce.”
The application deadline to start in January 2019 is December 14. For more information on the Weston Family Scholarship, and to apply, visit loyalistskills.com.
About The W. Garfield Weston Foundation
For three generations, The W. Garfield Weston Foundation has pursued its mission to enhance and enrich the lives of Canadians. With a focus on medical research, the environment, and education, the Foundation aims to catalyze inquiry and innovation to bring about long-term change. As the Foundation marks its 60th anniversary, it continues to collaborate with a broad range of Canadian charities to further world-class research, explore new ideas, and create tangible benefits for the communities in which it works. Read more at westonfoundation.org.
About Loyalist College
Loyalist is Ontario’s Destination College, a deliberate choice of students and community for quality programs and student engagement, enabled by a creative, innovative and supportive organizational and learning culture. Located on more than 200 acres in the beautiful Bay of Quinte region, the College is perfectly positioned between Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. Loyalist prepares students for rewarding careers through more than 70 full-time diploma, advanced diploma, certificate and apprenticeship programs in applied sciences, biosciences, building sciences, business, health sciences, human studies, justice studies, media studies, skills and technology. Through the College’s 100+ university transfer agreements, many Loyalist diploma graduates earn a degree in as little as one additional year. Continuing education options are also available through LoyalistFocus.com, including hundreds of online, distance and in-class courses. The College is a key driver of social and economic health in rural-urban eastern Ontario. It contributes 5.4 percent to the Gross Regional Product, representing $530 million annually to the regional economy – based on a 2014 report by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI). Loyalist collaborates with industry partners in various fields on applied research projects, creating amazing learning experiences for students and faculty. The College’s Applied Research Centre for Natural Products and Medical Cannabis (ARC) is Canada’s only College with a laboratory approved to conduct research with cannabis under the Narcotic Control Regulations. For more information on Loyalist’s Belleville and Bancroft campuses and Port Hope satellite location, visit YoureGoingPlaces.com.
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