SCHOLARSHIPS

Anne Martell Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Bay Treasure Chest scholarship fund, established in 2015, has been named for Anne Martell, who was the co-founder of the Bay Treasure Chest along with her husband Harry Cook. Anne’s community involvement in St. Margaret’s Bay was extensive, and she was recognised as a “pillar of the community” by the St. Margaret’s Bay Chamber of Commerce earlier in 2016. Sadly, she passed away June 14, 2016, and the Bay Treasure Chest Association Board of Directors has named the scholarship fund in her honour.

The Anne Martel Memorial Scholarship Award is funded by the Bay Treasure Chest at a current rate of $30,000 per year. The scholarships are awarded to new graduates of Sir John A. MacDonald and Charles P. Allen High Schools who are planning to attend college, a private training institute or university. Scholarships are awarded in partnership with the Sir John A. MacDonald and Charles P. Allen Scholarship Committees, which make the final selections.

Mr. Steve Gallagher, Principal of Sir John A. MacDonald High School, expressed his heartfelt thanks for the scholarship fund, adding that “The cost of post-secondary education increases each year and many deserving students simply can’t afford to follow their dreams. Partnerships with community organizations like the Bay Treasure Chest Association can make all the difference in the world for these students!”

Corey Parsons, Counsellor with the Sir John A Guidance Department, sees the Bay Treasure Chest Anne Martel Memorial Scholarship Fund… “as an amazing opportunity for Sir John A students. Each year approximately 75% of our grads go on to study at post-secondary institutions across Canada. This generous donation from the Bay Treasure Chest Association, which really represents the St. Margaret’s Bay community, will allow more of our students to achieve their dream of higher education! Thank you for your incredible support!”

“The Bay Treasure Chest Association Anne Martell Memorial Scholarship has provided a great opportunity for CP Allen to select students who plan to attend post secondary education… with the support necessary to make this transition more accessible”, said school Vice Principal Ruth Wilkins.

2017 Anne Martell Memorial Scholarships:

Fred Dolbel and Gwen Colman from Bay Treasure Chest Association present the Anne Martell Memorial Scholarship Awards to four Sir John A. MacDonald students

Fred Dolbel and Gwen Colman from Bay Treasure Chest Association present the Anne Martell Memorial Scholarship Awards to four Sir John A. MacDonald students (left to right): Veronica LaChance (Oulton College, Nursing); Travon Smith (Nova Scotia Community College, Electrical Engineering Technology); Christopher Bryson (NSCC, Information Technology Programming); and William Houser (Dalhousie University, Engineering).

The Bay Treasure Chest Association (BTCA) gave $30,000 in scholarship awards to local students this year. Four Sir John A. MacDonald students received the Anne Martell Memorial scholarship award from the Bay Treasure Chest Association.

As each student received the award, which they only found out about on stage, Fred Dolbel, President of the BTCA, told them, “Your community supports you.” The students said they were “shocked, surprised, astonished, and couldn’t believe the amount.” Veronica LaChance, on her way to study nursing at Oulton College in Moncton, interrupted her excited hugging to say, “Now [BTCA volunteers] have made it so that I can help other people. Thank you so much for giving to me so I can give back.”

Travon Smith, accepted to study IT at NSCC, said, “I was in shock when I opened the envelope and read that I had this award and how much it was for. It covers almost the whole cost of my entire first year.”

Will Houser also responded, “I’m very grateful for the scholarship and for the effort I put into school to be able to receive it.”

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Eileen Cody and Beth McGee represent the Bay Treasure Chest Association Anne Martell Memorial Scholarship

Eileen Cody and Beth McGee represent the Bay Treasure Chest Association Anne Martell Memorial Scholarship to give awards to Alvaro Tomas, Dalhousie University; Christina Hammam, Saint Mary’s University; Alvaro Tomas, Dalhousie University; Jessica MacMillan, Mount Saint Vincent University; and Lauren Ramey, Saint Mary’s University (not pictured).

Four graduates from Charles P. Allen High School received awards from the BTCA Anne Martell Memorial Scholarship Fund: Christina Hammam, Saint Mary’s University; Alvaro Tomas, Dalhousie University; Jessica MacMillan, Mount Saint Vincent University; and Lauren Ramey, Saint Mary’s University.

“This scholarship means multiple opportunities for me… this is honestly such a blessing,”said Christina. “I would love to thank [the BTCA supporters] with all my heart and I encourage them to continue playing because at the end of the day, it makes people like us extremely happy!”

Fellow CP Allen graduate Alvaro said, “This scholarship serves as a reminder for me to keep on striving and work hard in my studies.”

Jessica also wished to pass on her thanks to the BTCA community for the scholarship award, “Thank you SO much!!!! It really means a lot to me and my family.”

BTCA President Fred Dolbel said, “The residents, local retailers and volunteers who participate in the Bay Treasure Chest community fund raiser wish the recipients of this year’s Anne Martell Memorial Scholarship best of success in your future. Be confident in yourself and be encouraged that your community supports you and the choices you make with your further education.”

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2016 Anne Martell Memorial Scholarships:

From left to right: Eileen Cody, award presenter from Bay Treasure Chest; Isaac Meuse; Collin Comeau-Routhier; Vanessa Tardif; Norm Picton, Bay Treasure Chest Chair; Shae-Lynn Luedee; and Simon Murdoch. Photo by Mark Doucette

From left to right: Eileen Cody, award presenter from Bay Treasure Chest; Isaac Meuse; Collin Comeau-Routhier; Vanessa Tardif; Norm Picton, Bay Treasure Chest Chair; Shae-Lynn Luedee; and Simon Murdoch. Photo by Mark Doucette

On graduation day, June 28th, five Sir John A. MacDonald students each received $4,000 scholarships from the Anne Martell Memorial Scholarship Fund created by the Bay Treasure Chest. Anne and her husband Harry Cook co-founded the Bay Treasure Chest community fundraiser in 2013, and established a scholarship fund in 2015. Anne passed away earlier in June, and the fund has been renamed in her honour.

The students, selected by the Sir John A. Scholarship Committee, only found out about their awards on stage as they received their diplomas. After their picture was taken, they described their plans and reactions to receiving the scholarships:

  • Isaac Meuse will be attending Dalhousie University to study computer science. “I really appreciate the scholarship. I was surprised to receive the award and more surprised at the amount. It’s going to be really helpful.”
  • Collin Comeau-Routhier will be going to the Nova Scotia Community College Lunenburg to study diesel marine mechanics. “I couldn’t stop smiling! I’m also feeling extremely proud of myself for receiving this and other awards.”
  • Vanessa Tardif will be going to the Nova Scotia Community College Truro campus to study digital animation. “I’m really happy! This is my whole tuition for the first year. Thank you!”
  • Shae-Lynn Luedee will be attending St. Mary’s University to study psychology. “Amazing! I cried when I realized it. This means I will be able to go to school for sure. My parents didn’t have the full amount and this really means a lot. Tell everyone to keep playing their Toonies because this feels awesome!”
  • Simon Murdoch will be attending Waterloo University to study mathematics. “Incredible! Things were really tight and the award made a huge difference. Everyone in my family plays their Toonie every week.”

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