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June 30, 2011 permalink
Waterloo CAS is awarding $124,000 in scholarships. The awards will benefit 33 young people pursuing secondary education.
Fixcas congratulates the children's aid society for its act of generosity. If 33 students attend four-year universities, they will each average $2.57 per day.
33 local youth triumph over hardship to receive scholarships
Waterloo Region - Family and Children’s Services of the Waterloo Region and its Foundation presented 33 scholarships to crown wards of the Agency on Thursday, June 23th during their Annual General Meetings.
“The entire staff at Family and Children’s Services is extremely proud of the 33 young people who are either entering or continuing in programs of post – secondary education,” says Alison Scott, Executive Director of Family and Children’s Services (FCS). “It is a tribute to the efforts of these young people that they are able to overcome the hardships they have faced in their lives, and seize this opportunity to build their futures.”
Since its inception, two decades ago, the Family and Children’s Services Foundation has made a commitment to the youth served by the Agency to provide a scholarship for each year they successfully continue in their program to completion. Each year the Foundation Board sees more foster youth breaking the cycle of poverty to finish high school and take the leap into post-secondary. In total, this year the Foundation will be granting $124,000 for scholarships, the most it has ever granted through its scholarship program.
“This is a true testament to the amazing work the Agency is doing and the resiliency of these young people,” says Rick Skehan, FCS Foundation President. “More importantly, it speaks to this community commitment to ensuring our kids have access to higher education.”
This year marks the Foundation’s 20th anniversary. Its Board of Directors is proud of the important work it has accomplished to help improve the lives of abused and neglected children, and their families; proud to have helped ensure that every child and youth involved with the agency has the same opportunities as their more fortunate peers.
“In a perfect world, every child in Waterloo Region would be nurtured by a loving family, have a full, well-rounded school experience, and access to sport or cultural opportunities,” says Skehan. “Sadly, the reality is that not every child does. This is when the Foundation steps in.”
Source: Exchange Magazine