Envision offers $33,000 in education awards

Students say the awards lift some of the burden from attending post secondary school

Envision Financial is continuing its commitment to providing $33,000 in education awards to local students.

For the 17th consecutive year, Envision is offering the award money to secondary and post-secondary students in B.C.

“At Envision, we believe that it’s important to recognize those who are committed to academic excellence and community leadership,” said Susan Byrom, manager of community investment for Envision Financial.

“That’s why for nearly 20 years Envision has proudly provided education awards to exemplary secondary and post-secondary students.

“These awards are just one way we can recognize the positive impact that they have made — and will continue to make — in our local communities.”

Recipients say the awards help relieve the financial burden of attending post-secondary school.

“Receiving an education award from Envision helped remove the financial burden of university and I felt that I was rewarded for my academic feats and my community involvement,” said Kathryn Lalonde, a previous award recipient.

“This award enabled me to experience UBC to the fullest, by not having to worry about how I would pay my tuition.”

Fourteen education awards of $2,000 each will be presented to qualifying secondary and post-secondary students who demonstrate outstanding school and community involvement.

The competition is open to students who are members of Envision Financial, or the dependent of an Envision Financial member, in good standing prior to July 1, 2012.

New this year is the addition of two $2,500 education awards to secondary and post-secondary students who actively volunteer with their local food bank.

The competition is open to students who have outstanding community volunteerism with their local food bank in communities where Envision operates.

Applicants do not need to be a member of Envision Financial to qualify.

Applications and full qualifying criteria can be picked up at any Envision branch or on the Envision website at www.envisionfinancial.ca/education.

All scholarship submissions are due by 5 p.m. on Feb. 28.

Since 1996, Envision Financial has disbursed nearly a half million dollars in funding for high school and post-secondary students across British Columbia.

Langley Times