College bursary boost for students

College bursary boost for students
Team Cornwall chair Peter Gault

By Adam Brazeau 
CORNWALL, Ontario – Team Cornwall is investing in future community leaders.

The ambassadorial group is accepting applications for three youth volunteer bursaries of $1,500 (sponsored by Kawartha Credit Union) for Cornwall graduating students interested in pursuing or accepted into a university or college post-secondary program.

“We have some extraordinary youth in our community and our bursaries seek to recognize their efforts in making Cornwall a great place to be,” said Team Cornwall chair Peter Gault.

A committee will review nominations for the youth community volunteer bursaries. Deadline for submission is June 5. Nomination package forms are available online:

Gault said the initiative began 14 years ago, and was originally spearheaded by longtime team member Andre Pommier of Pommier Jewellers.

In addition, there are six Team Cornwall high school bursaries of $400 being awarded to one graduating student pursuing further education from: St. Joseph’s Catholic Secondary School, Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School, École secondaire catholique La Citadelle, Cornwall Collegiate and Vocational School, École secondaire publique L’Heritage, and St. Lawrence Secondary School.

This year, the bursaries were doubled from $200. Each one has its own criteria and selection process.

“This will help people focus on that next level of education, which I think is really important to the Cornwall community at large, and also highlighting the city’s next generation of ambassadors,” he said.

The Team Cornwall-SLC Community Award is also up for grabs. This accolade is issued annually to an entrance student enrolled full-time in any program on the Cornwall campus of St. Lawrence College.

Hopefuls must demonstrate above average academic achievement and contribution to community service, and be residents of the City of Cornwall or the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry.

Applications are made directly to the college (

Team Cornwall has over 400 members, and international appeal thanks to its approach to spreading the good word about living, working, and doing business in the city with their popular business cards (that look more like hockey cards).

Gault added: “We also have a youth ring, and we’ve combined that back with Team Cornwall to re-focus on its initiatives. We have a group that worked with the bursaries originally called Teen Cornwall, and they are still there in presence. This is our way to demonstrate to teenagers that Team Cornwall think they’re important and we’re trying to incorporate them into our group as they become local ambassadors.”

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