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20th annual Bacon-Elliott scholarship dinner a success

Roger Bacon and Morris Haugg book-end the three recipients of the 2012 Bacon-Elliott scholarship. Since 1994, $43,000.00 in scholarships have been awarded to Cumberland North students furthering their education at the post-secondary level. (From left): Sarah Cameron, Quinn Burt and Samantha Tingley.

AMHERST-A large crowd packed the Knights of Columbus Hall for the 20th annual Bacon-Elliott Cumberland North PC scholarship dinner this past Saturday.

The scholarship dinner, an annual event since 1994, raises money for graduating students in the riding of Cumberland North who will be pursuing post-secondary education while recognizing those fortunate recipients from the previous year.

One of these former Cumberland North high school students was 2012 Pugwash District High School graduate Sarah Cameron, a native of Port Howe, who recently completed her first year of Photography at Holland College in Charlottetown, PEI.

“I love it; it’s great,” exclaimed Cameron with regards to her program. “The $1,000.00 scholarship that I received last year at graduation really helps,” she added. “I had a job throughout high school that didn’t pay for everything,” a sentiment echoed by fellow 2012 Bacon-Elliott scholarship recipients Quinn Burt and Samantha Tingley, who, as chance would have it, are both graduates of Amherst Regional High School (ARHS) who plan on pursuing a Bachelor of Social Work once their four year Bachelor of Arts degree at Dalhousie University are completed in 2016.

According to ARHS guidance counselor and guest speaker Wade VanSnick, a native of Joggins who attended his twenty-fifth reunion at Mount Allison University this past weekend, the cost of post-secondary education will continue to rise in the future.

“The total cost for student attending a Canadian university in 2013 for a four-year degree programme is $73,600.00,” claims VanSnick. “By the year 2030, that total is projected to rise to $116,200.00 for that same four-year programme,” he adds.

In spite of the rising cost of post-secondary education, VanSnick believes that the benefit of education outweighs the costs. “Education pays far more than it costs.”

Since 1994, the Bacon-Elliott Cumberland North PC scholarship fund has awarded 43 one-thousand dollar scholarships to deserving students in Cumberland North.

“Young people are the future of this area,” stated silent auction auctioneer Roger Bacon who auctioned off such prizes as eighteen holes of golf for four people at Bacon’s Par 3 in Nappan. Other dignitaries in attendance were Conservative MP Scott Armstrong, notwithstanding Judi Giroux, the Cumberland North PC candidate for the seat currently held by Brian Skabar of the New Democratic Party.

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  • Phil
    May 14, 2013 - 04:17

    Hey don't get me wrong, the scholarships are great (although with the rising cost of education 1000 bucks doesn't go as far as it did 20 years ago). The truth is that no one needs to mock the local PCs because they do a good enough job of doing that to themselves. I wish it wan't the case, but it is.

  • Charlie Joseph
    May 13, 2013 - 15:10

    So many reasons to snicker? then mock the PCs? Until I see your 43 $1000 scholarships, I'll file your comments as inappropriate and petty and a prime example of stereotypical political trolling. A great example of why people should never trust political parties and have a good reason not to vote.

  • Phil
    May 13, 2013 - 04:57

    Congratulations to these young people, but there are so many reasons to snicker at this article. What's becoming clearer all the time is that the wheels have well and truly fallen off for the local PCs.