Thunder Bay Community Foundation Honouring our 2012 Scholarship Recipients


Thunder Bay Community FoundationTHUNDER BAY – The future of our community is entrusted to our youth. The Thunder Bay Community Foundation has released the winners of its scholarships, awarded to students in our city.

Two @ $4,000 each
Established: 2003
Total Endowment: $250,000

Ross A Wilson graduated in 1949 from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Science in Forestry. He worked for several forestry companies before he had an opportunity in 1964 to teach in the Science Department of Hammarskjold High School. He became Vice Principal and continued to teach until his early retirement in 1984.

He enjoyed his teaching career at Hammarskjold and wished to give something back to the school that provided him with so much. In 2003 he created a scholarship endowment fund and the first scholarships were awarded in 2005.

We have two recipients this year and they are:

Kaylee Busniuk
Latasha Ludwig

Three @ $2,300 each
Established: 1990
Total Endowment: $200,000

Miss Helen L. Dewar was born in Calcutta, India. Her family moved to Canada when she was eight and in 1920 they moved to Fort William. She was a music supervisor and teacher with Port Arthur Public School Board for many years. She died in 1989 and the Community Foundation became one of the main beneficiaries of her estate. In recognition of her substantial contribution, the Community Foundation established the Helen L Dewar Scholarships in 1991.

These scholarships are designated for students in the Thunder Bay North Ward and there are three scholarships available.

Cassandra Davidson
Graydon McKee
Stefanie Perrier

Three @ $2,300 each
Established: 1981
Total Endowment: $200,000

Miss Edith Dyke established a fund to provide scholarships to honour the memory of her father, the late Revered Joshua Dyke. He was the founder of Wesley Methodist Church now Wesley United Church in 1890 and was Mayor of the City of Fort William in 1902. Miss Edith Dyke was one of the first women to practice law in the District of Thunder Bay. These scholarships are designated for students in the Thunder Bay South Ward.

We have three recipients and they are:

Aaron Brecka
Arya Khanal
Brittany Pennock

Five @ $2,300 each
Established: 2006
Total Endowment: $490,000

In 2006 Roy S. Rogers established a scholarship fund with the TBCF to honour Geraldine Ruth Rogers. Geraldine Ruth Rogers was born and raised in Espanola Ontario. In 1951 she moved to Fort William. She attended Toronto Teachers College and later received her BA from Lakehead University. She taught at Ogden Street School and Edgewater Park School where she retired in 1989.

These scholarships are designated for students attending the following high schools: La Verendry, Geraldton Composite, Lake Superior, Manitowadge, Marathon and Nipigon-Red Rock.

The recipients of the Geraldine Ruth Rodgers Scholarships are:

Katherine Dumas
Kayla Humphreys
Marisa Leclerc
Allison Pelletier
Tyler Sanderson

Two @ $6,000 each
Established: 2010
Total Endowment: $800,000

Mr. Victor Stevenson was born in Russell, Ontario. During World War II, he completed a degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Tri-State University in Indiana. The Canadian government requested that Mr. Stevenson share his skills and expertise at Can Car (now known as Bombardier) in Thunder Bay, Ontario. His career continued at Can Car until his retirement in 1985. To honour Mr. Stevenson’s passion for engineering, a scholarship was created for a student from a Thunder Bay high school entering the engineering program at Lakehead University.

The recipients of the Victor Stevenson Scholarships are:

Daniel Caccomo – current student at Lakehead University
Kira White – entering the Engineering program at Lakehead University

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