Submitted by Lake of Bays Heritage Foundation
The Lake of Bays Heritage Foundation (LBHF) is pleased to announce its support of two students pursuing post-secondary education.
The recipients of the Harriet T. Weaver bursaries for 2021 are local high school graduates Jacob Gallagher of Huntsville High School, and Evan Scholten of Bracebridge and Muskoka Lakes Secondary School. They have each received a gift of $900 towards their studies of geography at Trent University, and history and political science at the University of Ottawa, respectively.
“In a year like the one we have been through, when it is particularly tough for students to earn some money to go towards their post-secondary studies, The Lake of Bays Heritage Foundation takes particular pleasure in awarding the Harriet T. Weaver bursaries. With the support of Brink Weaver and many other donors, the foundation was delighted to be able to establish an endowment to support local students in their post-secondary studies with this award. We thank Brink Weaver and all other donors for making this possible. The bursaries have increased in size each year since our first awards in 2014 and we trust they will continue grow,” said Judith Mills, president of LBHF.
The Harriet T. Weaver bursaries are awarded annually to one graduating student from each of Bracebridge and Muskoka Lakes Secondary School and Huntsville High School who is accepted for post-secondary study at a college or university in a subject related to the work of the Lake of Bays Heritage Foundation.
The establishment of these awards was made possible through a generous initial endowment by Harriet’s son, Brink Weaver, a former president of the Lake of Bays Association. The fund has received many additional gifts since its establishment and remains open for donations to the capital endowment.
Both recipients were delighted with the good news.
As Evan Scholten put it: “I am grateful to have received the Harriet T. Weaver bursary. This bursary will help me in my studies in history and political science at the University of Ottawa. I thank the Lake of Bays Heritage Foundation for supporting myself and future students.”
And Jacob Gallagher was equally thankful. “I am grateful to be the recipient of the Harriet T. Weaver bursary, as it will be very beneficial to my studies in geography at Trent University. I hope to use the skills and concepts learned in this course to help make a positive impact on whatever I end up doing in life. Many thanks to the Lake of Bays Heritage Foundation for supporting students every year!”
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