Scholarship dinner raises record amountWednesday, October 23, 2013 by: SooToday.com Staff
John R. Rhodes Scholarship Dinner raises record amount of $37,000
SAULT STE. MARIE - Last evening's 2013 Algoma University John R. Rhodes Scholarship Dinner, sponsored by Northern Credit Union, was a huge success, raising a record amount of $37,000.
This year's dinner honoured Jo-Anne Brooks, (the late) Ted Brooks, Damon Godfrey, Jim McAuley, Don Mitchell, Wayne Prouse, and (the late) John Rowswell, a group affectionately dubbed "The Cronies" (pictured).
The group has been involved in initiatives to help the community's post-secondary institutions, healthcare providers, and business community grow and revitalize.
They have also assisted various social and cultural initiatives both financially and through volunteerism, and have supported various political campaigns throughout the last 20 years.
"We are thrilled with the results of this year's John R. Rhodes Scholarship Dinner," said Donna Hilsinger, a member of the University's John R. Rhodes Scholarship Dinner Committee. "This dinner was a great opportunity to thank 'The Cronies' for their contributions to our community and to show our appreciation for their endeavours. We are overwhelmed by the support we received for this event, and the generous donations will help to continue to support the scholarship program at Algoma University and its students."
The John R. Rhodes Scholarship was established in 1979 thanks to generous contributions from friends and family of the late John Rhodes.
The scholarship is offered to a local high school graduate who best embodies the integrity, leadership and commitment to community service demonstrated by John Rhodes throughout his life as a broadcaster, community member and politician.
This year's John R. Rhodes Scholarship recipient is first-year student Taylor Jaehrling, a graduate of White Pines Collegiate and Vocational School, who grew up in Sault Ste. Marie and Bruce Mines, Ontario.
As a high school student, Jaehrling was actively involved in volunteerism, and graduated from high school with over 500 volunteer hours.
She served two terms as the President of the White Pines Students' Council while balancing part-time work, her studies, club work, and theatre.
Currently, she's enrolled in the University's four-year Honours Community Economic and Social Development (CESD) program.
Aside from raising a record amount, the dinner also witnessed a record amount of attendees.
Over 370 people attended the dinner.
Algoma University would like to thank all of the sponsors, donors, and those who attended the dinner.
About Algoma University
Algoma University offers a wide variety of liberal arts and sciences degree options including programs in Psychology, Computer Science, Business Administration, Fine Arts, Community Economic and Social Development, and Biology in Sault Ste. Marie, Brampton, Timmins and St. Thomas.
As a partner with Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig, Algoma U is committed to respecting Anishinaabe knowledge and culture.
Algoma University has launched its Essential Elements Campaign to expand its campus and offer more scholarships and awards to students.
To learn more, visit www.algomau.ca.