Help with higher learning

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 25 is helping students achieve a higher level of learning.

The Vernon Legion presented School District 22 Supt. Joe Rogers with a cheque for $12,000. The funds will provide three $1,000 bursaries to the graduating students at the four Vernon high schools.

“The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 25 is committed to supporting veterans and their families. As a result, we are pleased to make this contribution to local youth,” said Jennifer Pace, legion president.

The legion has been providing bursaries for Vernon students for more than 10 years.

Recipients of the bursaries must meet the criteria of having a current or past relative in the armed services and a financial need.

“Many students are faced with a financial barrier when pursuing a post-secondary education,” said Rogers. “We are grateful for community contributions, such as this one from the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 25. We are also thankful for the support the Vernon Legion gives to our schools through other events such as our Remembrance Day assemblies and the No Stone Left Alone ceremony held at the Pleasant Valley Cemetery.”

School District 22 offers more than 175 different scholarships and bursaries, thanks to many community partners. The window for scholarship/bursary applications begins Feb. 25. Students should contact school councillors for more information.

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