Affinity Credit Union has recognized the leadership of a local high school student in the form of a prestigious scholarship.
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Carlton Comprehensive High School student Shaelyn Grassick, 17, receives her $2,500 Elwood Harvey Cooperative Leadership Scholarship award from Affinity Credit Union P.A. branch business relationship manager Joël Bilodeau (left) and District Council 10 delegate to the board of directors Joe Rybinski on Friday.
On Friday morning, credit union representatives bestowed the Elwood Harvey Cooperative Leadership Scholarship upon Carlton Comprehensive High School student Shaelyn Grassick.
The $2,500 scholarship, named after a former Affinity Credit Union president known for his commitment to learning, honours students entering Grade 12 who have demonstrated leadership qualities, community service and academic success.
Following her graduation from high school and enrollment at a post-secondary institution, Grassick will submit her tuition receipt to Affinity and subsequently receive the scholarship funds.
“This teacher at school let me know about it … I thought it would be a good opportunity to apply for,” Grassick said.
“It’s a good amount of money for post-secondary education and I thought it would be an awesome opportunity to take advantage of.”
The business relationship manager of Affinity’s P.A. branch, Joël Bilodeau, originally forwarded emails to area schools in June with a deadline set for early July.
Grassick, 17, submitted an application that included copies of her Grade 10 and 11 marks, two references and a one-page essay describing her involvement in and understanding of co-operative values.
The pool of scholarship contenders encompassed all of District 10 at Affinity Credit Union, which includes communities such as Prince Albert, Birch Hills, St. Louis, Christopher Lake, Candle Lake and Paddockwood.
District Council 10 delegate to the board of directors Joe Rybinski cited Grassick’s high academic marks (with a 97 per cent grade average) as a crucial factor pushing her above the competition.
She was actually identified as an inspirational player by her classmates. Joe Rybinski
He identified her status as a member of the 4-H Beef Club, and specifically as president of the West P.A. club, as one of the more visible manifestations of her leadership abilities.
“She has shown leadership in school (and been) involved in sports -- basketball, volleyball,” Rybinski added. “She was actually identified as an inspirational player by her classmates.”
Members of the selection committee were particularly bowled over by the strength of Grassick’s essay on co-operative values.
“The committee were most impressed with how a young lady like this already understands the importance and value of volunteering, being co-operative and providing leadership when the opportunity arises,” Rybinski said.
Earlier this week, Grassick received a phone call to inform her that she had received one of the two scholarships for the District 10 area.
“I was ecstatic,” she recalled. “I was very excited. It was awesome to hear about. It was a great day, that day, for sure.”
For the moment, Grassick remains uncertain of her post-graduation plans and is mulling various options.
In the meantime, she can look forward to another student leadership opportunity courtesy of the credit union.
“Over the course of the next year, Affinity Credit Union are going to invite her to two of our district meetings to participate as a student delegate, a student rep at those meetings,” Rybinski said.
“So we look forward to seeing her again at least on two occasions in the next year.”