Rachel Kenney of Robert Bateman Secondary was among the students who received scholarships and bursaries this year from the Abbotsford Community Foundation. (Submitted photo)

Rachel Kenney of Robert Bateman Secondary was among the students who received scholarships and bursaries this year from the Abbotsford Community Foundation. (Submitted photo)

Abbotsford Community Foundation awards $360K in scholarships and bursaries

302 graduating students receive 365 awards for post-secondary education

The Abbotsford Community Foundation (ACF) has presented more than $360,000 in scholarships and bursaries.

A total of 365 awards have been presented to 302 graduating Abbotsford students for their post-secondary education.

ACF board chair Andrea Senft said more than $5.5 million has been provided in scholarships and bursaries in partnership with the Abbotsford school district since the program began in 1995.

“Our impact on these students’ learning is a lasting legacy for the community, and the ACF is honoured to be able to invest in the future of our local young people, thanks to the generosity of our donors. This program is inspiring in so many ways,” said John Morrow, chair of the student awards committee and director on the ACF board.

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The awards are funded by income from endowments and from annual donations. There were several new student awards this year, including the Dalbir and Pirtveer Gill Memorial, Linda Marie (Busch) Jacobsen Memorial, Abby’s Music Society, Rise Annual Scholarship and the Vandell Student Award.

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

With the changes in graduation convocation ceremonies, the ACF provided virtual congratulatory messages from their donors to their selected recipients. Scholarship recipients sent a photo of themselves with their award letters, which were shared with the donors.

For details on how to set up a scholarship or bursary with the ACF, contact Wendy Neufeld at 604-850-3755 or visit abbotsfordcf.org under “Student Awards.”

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