Graduating high school students who participate in safety-oriented events are eligible for a scholarship.
On Monday, the Canada Safety Council started accepting applications for the Sarah Beth Therien Memorial Scholarship.
“Applicants must clearly describe initiatives they undertook to improve safety in their community or at home, school, or work,” said a release from the Canada Safety Council. “The initiatives must have demonstrated results that can be verified by references.”
The scholarship, worth $2,500, is for graduating high school students entering their first year of post-secondary studies as well as current undergraduate and college students.
The release said the award is named after Sarah Beth Therien, a long-time employee of the Canada Safety Council who was the first Canadian organ donor after cardiac death in 2006. She made medical history and was a “passionate advocate for child and traffic safety,” the release said.
“Education is an integral part of safety,” said Jack Smith, president of the safety council in the release. “We’re very happy to be able to encourage and support young Canadians in the pursuit of higher learning. We trust that our scholarship will spur creative safety initiatives across Canada.”
A total of 34 people applied for the scholarship last year. Last year’s winner was Cheryl Joseph of Oakville, Ont. who was “recognized for her exceptional leadership in safety-oriented efforts,” according to the release.
Joseph organized a one-day event at her high school to educate students on safety topics such as cyber bullying, mental health, eating disorders, self-harm and sexual assault.
There were 17 workshops and keynote speakers to educate students on the topics school curriculums are “often unable to adequately address,” it said.
To apply for this year’s scholarship, visit www.canadasafetycouncil.org. The application deadline is June 15.
For more information, contact the Canada Safety Council at 613-739-1535 ext. 221.
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