Lorna Hart, board chair of the Abbotsford Community Foundation, presents one of 326 scholarship and bursary awards that the foundation presented this year to Abbotsford graduating students. (Submitted photo)

Lorna Hart, board chair of the Abbotsford Community Foundation, presents one of 326 scholarship and bursary awards that the foundation presented this year to Abbotsford graduating students. (Submitted photo)

Abbotsford Community Foundation allocates 326 student awards

More than $319,000 in scholarships and bursaries presented to graduating students

The Abbotsford Community Foundation (ACF) this year allocated 326 scholarship and bursary awards – totaling more than $319,000 – to graduating students for their post-secondary education goals.

“Thanks to the generosity of local community groups, companies and individuals, we have been able to financially assist 326 students planning to attend university, college, or training institutions this coming fall,” said Lorna Hart, ACF board chair.

Over the past seven years, the ACF has provided over $1.8 million dollars in scholarships and bursaries to Abbotsford high school graduates.

ACF executive director Wendy Neufeld said the foundation is proud to partner with the Abbotsford school district.

“Our impact on these students’ learning is a lasting legacy for the community. We are pleased to invest in the future of our local young people. This program is inspiring in so many ways,” she said.

Student awards are funded by income from endowments and from annual donations. This year there were several new student awards, including the Const. John Davidson “Shine On” Legacy Memorial, Groove Force Productions, Liz Louwersheimer Memorial, Peter Dobson Memorial and Geoff Horner Memorial.

The following high schools are part of the awards program: Abbotsford Senior Secondary, Abbotsford School of Integrated Arts (ASIA), Abbotsford Traditional Secondary, Bakerview Centre for Learning, Mennonite Educational Institute Secondary (MEI), Rick Hansen Secondary, Robert Bateman Secondary, W. J. Mouat Secondary and Yale Secondary.

Visit abbotsfordcf.org for more information.