Brome-Missisquoi Students Awarded $20,000 in Scholarships

Two Brome-Missisquoi students have been awarded $20,000 to help them pursue their educational ambitions in the health and social services sector. Michèle Giard of Farnham and Katalina Smith of Cowansville will each receive $10,000 to support their studies. The amount is the lion’s share of this year’s McGill Health and Social Services Community Leadership Bursary Program, with an additional $2,500 being awarded to Alexander Adank, Lennoxville, and Marie-Soleil Larouche, Waterville.

Since 2010, Townshippers’ Association, in partnership with the McGill University Training and Retention of Health Professionals Project, has had the privilege of assisting with bursary applications in the Estrie and Montérégie-East regions. The aim: to address the need for professionals with English and French language skills in health and social services in selected Quebec regions. By retaining bilingual professionals in our region, Townshippers’ is sustaining its efforts to promote access to health and social services in English.

To date, Townshippers’ has awarded fourteen scholarships to students who have gone on to work in the region as nurses, technicians (radiology, inhalation therapy, etc.) social work, psychology, nutrition and more.

For Michèle Giard, who is studying physiotherapy at the Université de Sherbrooke, and Katalina Smith enrolled in the nursing program at McGill University, the scholarship provides a stepping stone to a career close to home.

The bursary is open to any full-time student, with English and French language skills, attending a health and social services program at a government recognized educational institution. Two categories of applications are available:  Category 1 is intended for those studying outside their region, and Category 2 is for those studying within their region. Award amounts depend on the level of educational institution: university, cégep/college, or secondary school vocational training.

In exchange for the financial support, bursary recipients must demonstrate their involvement in the community and agree to work in the Townships for at least one year following graduation.

Keep an eye on Townshippers’ website and Facebook page for an announcement at the beginning of the winter semester for the next round of applications. In the meantime, prospective applicants are invited to visit for details and criteria to help prepare their application.

For more information on Townshippers’ Association and our activities, catch our columns in the Brome County News and visit us on Twitter @Townshippers, Facebook, and our website Connect with Townshippers’ offices in Sherbrooke at 100 – 257 Queen St. 819-566-5717, toll-free: 1-866-566-5717 or Lac-Brome at 3-584 Knowlton Rd, 450-242-4421, toll-free: 1-877-242-4421.

Publication: About Townshippers column, Brome County News, Tuesday, Nov 9, 2015

Photo Credit:   Townshippers’ Association

Photo Caption: Future physiotherapist Michèle Giard and nurse Katalina Smith were awarded $20,000 in bursaries through Townshippers’ Association and McGill University Training and Retention of Health Professionals Project, to help them complete their studies and kick-start their careers in the historical Eastern Townships.