Orangeville Legion offering bursaries to post-secondary students

July 6, 2017   ·   0 Comments

By Jasen Obermeyer

Orangeville Legion is once again offering bursaries for students entering post-secondary studies, with students who are or aren’t relatives of veterans getting help in continuing their education.

The two sources for the bursaries are the Poppy Trust, for students connected to a veteran, and a Nevada Trust, given to any student. Students who are accepted with the poppy bursary can also apply for the Ontario Command Bursary.

Last year, Orangeville Legion covered 25 students, and this year they’re estimating that around $12,500 in bursaries will be given out, though it varies yearly depending on the number of applicants and funds raised.

“They can spend it on anything from books, to rent, transportation,” says Derrick Landry, the legion’s second vice-president and chair of the poppy fund. He says if the student is rejected from the poppy fund, they try to provide them with the Nevada Trust. This year, he says he has been given $10,000 to go towards the poppy fund, while $6,000 has been given for the Nevada.

Requirements for applying are having a high school diploma and an acceptance letter from the university or college the student chooses.

Mr. Landry stressed the income information is confidential, but they “don’t really stress the income at our branch level for the parents,” as parents might make a certain amount of money, but have more than one child attending post-secondary school.

He says these bursaries are very important for students pursuing their education, but if they are “old enough and mature enough to go to post-secondary school, then they should know how to spend the money. We give them the money and provide them with the opportunity.”

The deadline for applications is Saturday, July 15. Forms can be picked up and dropped off at the Legion during business hours.

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