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A Total of $330,000 Allocated to Local High School Grads Through Student Awards Program

We’re pleased to announce that our 2020 Student Awards program has allocated 335 scholarship and bursary awards – totaling almost $330,000 – to graduating Abbotsford students for their post-secondary education goals.

“Thanks to the generosity of local community groups, companies and individuals, we have been able to financially assist 268 students planning to attend university, college, or training institutions this coming fall,” said Andrea Senft, our Board Chair.

Since this program started in 1995, we’ve provided more than $5 million dollars in scholarships and bursaries to Abbotsford high school graduates. “ACF is proud to partner with the Abbotsford School District to facilitate this program ”, said our Executive Director, Wendy Neufeld. “Our impact on these students’ learning is a lasting legacy for the community and the ACF is honoured to be able to invest in the future of our local young people. This program is inspiring in so many ways!”

Student awards are funded by income from endowments and from annual donations. This year there were several new student awards including the: Fraser Valley Brain Injury Association – John Simpson, The Honda Way, Badesha & Associates, Beant Singh Dhaliwal Memorial, Joyce Primrose Memorial, Hurricanes Vaishakhi Educational, Kerkhoff Technologies, Overlanders Manufacturing and Patricia Huston Memorial.

The following high schools are part of our Student Awards Program: Abbotsford Senior Secondary, Abbotsford School of Integrated Arts (ASIA), Abbotsford Traditional Secondary, Bakerview Centre for Learning, Mennonite Educational Institute Secondary (MEI), Rick Hansen Secondary, Robert Bateman Secondary, amd W. J. Mouat Secondary and Yale Secondary.

With the changes in graduation convocation ceremonies, we pivoted to provide virtual congratulatory messages from our donors to their selected recipients, along with some videotaped presentations of the various awards. As well, scholarship recipients sent a photo of themselves with their award letters that were shared with the donors. “We are so pleased to be able to help students further their post-secondary aspirations and dreams” said John Morrow, Chair of our Student Awards committee and Director on our Board.

For details on how to set up a scholarship or bursary with us, click here.