Details about the Stay-in-School Scholarship Program
Many Calgary students who have the ability to attend Post Secondary School will not get an opportunity to do so because of limited family financial resources. The Rotary Club of Calgary South Stay-In-School Scholarship Fund has been designed to provide financial assistance to selected students.
It is also believed that many grade 6 students in Calgary will be motivated by the program to gain a post-secondary education. Improved morale of teachers and a greater awareness by parents of the educational opportunities available to their children should also be an outcome of the program.
Student selection is based on two main factors: 1) the student must have the academic ability to graduate from high school and meet post secondary requirements throughout the complete program; and 2) The student must come from a family that clearly does not have the financial means to pay for post secondary education.
At present, 50 students participate in the Program. We currently have 6 post secondary graduates and we anticipate 2 more in 2016 bringing the total number of graduates to 8. Beginning 2006 the Rotary club began granting scholarships to 4 students, 2 more than the original plan. This was made possible thanks to the patrons and sponsors of this very worthwhile life-changing program.
Mentoring plays an important role in the success of the Stay-In-School Program. Students selected into this program are each connected with a mentor commencing in grade seven through their entire educational process until they graduate from a Post Secondary Program.
The purpose of the mentor is to monitor the scholastic progress of the student by reviewing copies of Report Cards and Attendance records. The mentor will also offer assistance and guidance in the event of difficulties. They are there to encourage the student to maintain a satisfactory level of achievement and to encourage the student to set and maintain a high standard of citizenship, both with themselves and with their peers.
The Rotary Club of Calgary South has set a goal of $4,000,000 to establish a fund that will have the capability to pay for the post-secondary education for 45-50 Calgary students.
Richardson GMP of Calgary provided a significant boost to the program with a major commitment of funds over a 6-year period, and the Rotary Club of Calgary South will raise the balance through activities such as this golf tournament.
The $1,000,000 Supreme Windows Amateur Charity Golf Classic is a major source of funding for the Stay-In-School Program and provides an opportunity for sponsors and players to participate in a meaningful program that will have a long-term impact on the future of Calgary students. To date through the generosity of Supreme Windows, the sponsors and the players, the tournament has raised close to $1,600,000 in its 14th year history.