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 Martell Memorial Scholarship Program is funded by the Bay Treasure Chest Association as a percentage of funds earned. The scholarships are awarded to local graduates of Sir John A. Macdonald and Charles P. Allen high schools who are planning to attend college, a private training institute or university, as selected by scholarship committees of the respective schools.
2021 Anne Martell Memorial Scholarships
Congrats to the 2021 recipients of the Anne Martell Memorial Scholarships, funded by Bay Treasure Chest Association Partners.
Local students were chosen from Sir John A. Macdonald and Charles P. Allen high schools by committees within each school, on behalf of BTCA.
This year, a total of $27,385 was awarded to:
Hilary Burke, Callie Lloyd, Ella Campbell, Julia MacDonald, Leah Christie, Emma Maclean, Georgia Cipak, Michael MacNeil, Jeriel Dooma, William McCutcheon, Julia Dujohn, Zach Saunders and Ava Lee!
2020 Anne Martell Memorial Scholarships
Hats off to this year’s recipients of Anne Martell Memorial Scholarship Awards, funded by Bay Treasure Chest Association Partners. Individuals are chosen from Sir John A. MacDonald and Charles P. Allen High Schools on behalf of BTCA by committees within each school. “We wish all Class of 2020 Graduates good luck and good fortune!”
From left to right:
Allie Barter (CPA) is heading to Saint Mary’s University for a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Psychology; she also plans to play for Saint Mary’s Huskies Women’s Hockey. Allie ultimately hopes to become an occupational therapist.
Olivia Boutilier (SJA) is headed to St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, to study Human Kinetics; she hopes to then take Education, becoming a phys. ed. teacher. Olivia has been inspired by her own teachers to choose this career.
Kara Forrest (CPA) is going to SMU for a Bachelor of Science in Biology. Her mom’s daycare in their home as she grew up helped instill a great love for children in her; Kara’s long-term goal is to become a pediatrician.
Gillian Lunney (SJA) plans to do a BSc in Nutrition at StFX. She’s interested in a term or work term in the food industry abroad as part of her university experience.
Jenna Meggitt (SJA) had planned to attend Memorial, St. John’s, NL, but given the university is switching to on line classes this fall, she will defer her attendance for a year. She plans to study Archeology and Scandinavian history.
Ailish Pike (SJA) is pursuing a nursing degree at Dalhousie University. She hopes to specialize in pediatric trauma with the goal of a career at the IWK Health Centre, where she has had experience as a patient.
Aliza Prosser (SJA) wi!I study Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Mount Allison ” University, Sackville, NB. Her long-term goal is to head to
Konnor Stephens (SJA) is doing Carpentry at NSCC. He’d like to stay in Nova Scotia after he graduates but says he’ll go where the work is.
Abby Tomlinson (CPA) is taking a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at Dalhousie University, with a career in medicine as her goal.
Abby’s twin sister, Brooke Tomlinson (CPA), is going to Queens University, Kingston, Ont., to study Psychology. She wants to become a pediatric psychologist; she also has an interest in naturopathic medicine.
Jayden Weir (SJA) will study Culinary Management at NSCC. His plan involves getting lots of hands-on experience, with the long-term goal of opening his own kitchen.
2019 Anne Martell Memorial Scholarships
On June 27th, six students from Sir John A. High School and four students from Charles P. Allen each received scholarships through the BTCA’s Anne Martell Memorial Scholarship fund.
Over the past four years, Bay Treasure Chest has awarded $126,000 in scholarship funds—including $43,000 this year—for Bay graduates of these two schools to go on to post-secondary institutions. Scholarship recipients are chosen by their respective high schools, in collaboration with their school’s guidance teams and scholarship committees. Well done, all!
2018 Anne Martell Memorial Scholarships
On June 28th, five students from Sir John A. High School and four students from Charles P. Allen each received scholarships through the BTCA’s Anne Martell Memorial Scholarship fund: a total of $33,000 was awarded.
The scholarship program is now in its third year.
Says Gwen Colman, of BTCA’s Bay Youth Hub partnership: “The scholarships make a difference to individual students. Some may otherwise need to postpone studies a year in order to bolster funds, and possibly be derailed altogether as a result.”
Students apply for the Anne Martell scholarships through their high school guidance counsellors; school committees choose the award recipients.
“I was excited… I was not expecting awards,” says recipient Andrew Snow, heading to NSCC and Dalhousie. “It is a great financial relief knowing I have this to support me. My mother plays toonies with the BTC. Thank you so much! I really appreciate the help in pursuing my education.”
Congrats Class of 2018! Bay Treasure Chest believes in you.
Eileen Cody and Beth McGee from the BTCA with this year’s C.P. Allen scholarship recipients, from left: Jonathan Taylor, going to Dalhousie to study biology; Jacqueline Murphy, who will study sociology at Acadia, Janae Whitley, going to St Mary’s to study criminology and Kate Callaghan, heading to Dalhousie.
2017 Anne Martell Memorial Scholarships:
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.”
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.”
2016 Anne Martell Memorial Scholarships:
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.”