Scholarships on the rise in Tofino

The District of Tofino council agreed to triple its support for Ucluelet Secondary School’s graduating class by offering up $1,500 worth of scholarship money.

The district has traditionally given $500 to a graduating student.

Coun. Cathy Thicke raised the motion and said it is important for the district to support its graduates.

Coun. Duncan McMaster supported raising the total amount but suggested splitting the money between several students.

“In this day in age we should recognize perhaps some people might not want to go to University they might want to go to a trade school,” he said.

He suggested providing $500 to three students.

Thicke said she attended last year’s graduation ceremony and noticed “a huge number of grants are given.”

She said $500 would not go a long way.

“When you think about the fact that one textbook might cost you $150 it doesn’t go very far,” she said. “$500 really is a drop in the bucket when it comes to purchasing textbooks for any course.”

Council agreed to offer a total of $1,500 worth of scholarship money to up to two students.