Memorial engineering students recipients of the Peter Kohler Scholarship for the second year in a row
For the second year in a row, two undergraduate engineering students from Memorial are the recipients of the Peter Kohler Scholarship.
First-year students Skyler Loveless from Seal Cove, Fortune Bay and Toni Jerrett from Clarke’s Beach were chosen from 39 applicants from Atlantic Canada to receive this substantial award. Mr. Loveless will receive $50,000 over four years, while Ms. Jerrett will receive $5,000 for the 2014/15 academic year.
The students, who both plan to study mechanical engineering, are very grateful to Mr. Kohler for the awards. While they say the funding means eating better and increased time for their academics, it’s also about working hard at everything they do.
“I was thinking about getting a part time job but was afraid of how it would impact my studies and now I don’t have to,” said Mr. Loveless. “I work really hard to get good grades. When some of my friends were playing sports, I was inside studying to try and get accepted into engineering.”
“I feel all the dedication and hard work I put in throughout high school and with other activities really paid off,” said Ms. Jerrett.
Andy Fisher, associate dean, undergraduate engineering, believes that scholarships like the Peter Kohler Scholarship have far greater impact than just a financial one for students like Mr. Loveless and Ms. Jerrett.
“We are very proud of Skyler and Toni. For students from Memorial to win this scholarship two years in a row speaks to the caliber of our students,” he said. “We believe it is important for all of our students to aim for excellence and to have confidence in themselves. Financial awards like the Peter Kohler Scholarship not only enable students to become more financially independent, but they also teach the value of hard work and self-confidence.”
Last year’s recipients were Mark Elliott and Brandon Fitzpatrick.
The Peter Kohler Scholarship is administered through the Community Foundation of Nova Scotia. It is a scholarship fund for engineering students in Atlantic Canada, and to be eligible, applicants must be enrolled full-time in an engineering program at a university in Atlantic Canada. The scholarship is based upon academic standing and financial need, and eligible to be renewed by the award winner for up to four years, provided that the student maintains a reasonable standing in his/her program.