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Mount Sentinel Grad awarded Beedie Luminaries Scholarship

Freya Emery will received $10,000 CAD per year for a bachelor degree program, tenable for up to four years of funding. — Submitted photo

Finally, some good news for a graduating student in Kootenay Lake School District during the final high school term interrupted by the — COVID-19 — pandemic.

Mount Sentinel Grad Freya Emery was recently selected to receive a 2020 Beedie Luminaries Scholarship.

The Beedie Luminaries Scholarship Program is aimed at giving promising BC students the opportunity to advance their education, achieve their dreams and inspire others.

“I am grateful to my teacher Danny Leeming and counsellor Mark Bonikowsky for encouraging me to apply for this scholarship,” said Emery in a Kootenay Lake School District media release.

“They assured me I was the perfect candidate, and they were right.”

The Beedie Luminaries Scholarship website said the program supports resilient students facing financial adversity who have the academic readiness and desire to create positive change in their lives.

Scholarship recipients join a strong, diverse, well-connected support network of Beedie Luminaries students and future program alumni, as well as community leaders and mentors.

The $40K scholarship is open to students planning to pursue undergraduate degrees or diploma studies at any public university, college or trade school in BC, however eligibility is reserved for “students who are resilient, have grit and are ready to make a positive change in their lives.”

As a member of Mt. Sentinel’s Academy PM program for the last three years, Emery’s dream is to continue education in design and visual communications and has been accepted into the ‘IDEA School of Design’ at Capilano University.

Emery’s passion for digital media, graphic design and photography makes her a suitable candidate for this competitive creative program in visual design.

“Freya has worked tirelessly to capitalize on opportunities provided her and created some of her own, from publishing her own book to contributing to a grad mural in these final days of her Grade 12 year,” said Mt. Sentinel Principal Glen Campbell.

Campbell said Emery is an avid volunteer, both at school and in the wider community, and has taken many leadership roles on while supporting her peers through her positive attitude, leading by example, and maintaining a great sense of humour along the way.

“Freya was always the first student to volunteer for the next task at hand, she will be truly missed,” said Campbell.

With most post-secondary schools moving to on-line learning for Fall 2020, Emery will begin her studies on the virtual CapU campus in September and won’t be moving out of the valley just yet.

Along with the scholarship money, Beedie Luminaries are provided access to mentors, paid summer internship opportunities, Stay on Track student support and access to the Beedie Luminaries online community.