Six of the province’s top high school graduates, including one from Okotoks, have been awarded $5,000 Chinook Scholarships from the University of Lethbridge as they begin their academic journeys this fall.
Andreas Gateman from Holy Trinity Academy joined students from Lethbridge, Coaldale and Magrath in earning the major awards ahead of a strong field of applicants.
All University of Lethbridge-bound high school students are eligible to apply for the Chinook Scholarship, which recognizes those who have demonstrated superior academic achievement (minimum 85 per cent admission average) and leadership qualities.
“These students have shown throughout their high school careers to be leaders in their schools and in their communities,” said Dr. Mike Mahon, ULethbridge president and vice-chancellor. “Their applications highlight a well-rounded group of engaging young people who take initiative, are empathetic and utilize the critical thinking skills that will greatly add to our campus community. We’re excited to welcome them to ULethbridge to begin their post-secondary journeys.”
Gateman, who intends to study sociology and education, was co-president of the “Me to We” volunteer program, where he led students to organize fundraisers, demonstrations and events, raising $10,000 for clean water in developing nations. He was also the skip/team captain of the Okotoks Curling Club, including helping coach younger players.
“This takes on a lot of the burden of paying tuition costs and has made me feel much more comfortable going into my first year,” Gateman said. “I’m honoured to have been chosen and look forward to starting my studies at ULethbridge in the fall. I am excited to focus my education on something I am truly passionate about and interested in discovering.”
The award recipients were selected by a committee based on a submitted student essay, references, academic excellence, and leadership experience.
Gateman was presented with his scholarship at a ceremony at school June 9.