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. reporter@westerlynews.ca

Just Posted

Tofino and Ucluelet ready to clean Kennedy Lake

“You don’t want people to start thinking that this is a dumping ground.”

VIDEO: Orcas put on a show near Hornby Island

Louis Jobodin shares photos and video of his experience

Tofino waits for new library

No immediate plans for end to library limbo.

West Coast Multiplex Society responds to survey results

“We’re actually very excited.”

Ladysmith marijuana producer bought by Aphria in $230M deal

Ontario licensed marijuana producer Aphria has reached an agreement to acquire Ladysmith-based… Continue reading

B.C. boy denied $19,000-per-month drug to ease ‘crippling pain’ for 3rd time

Sooke mom Jillian Lanthier says son Landen Alexa has been forgotten about by Premier John Horgan

Premier offers condolences to family of boy, 15, killed in Vancouver crossfire

John Horgan: ‘No stone is to be left unturned until we find the perpetrator of this heinous crime’

Vernon to host largest Special Olympics B.C. Winter Games in 2019

Games to be held Feb. 21-23, with more than 800 athletes expected to take part

Ex-BC Liberal staffer focused on ‘favourable’ ethnic communities in scandal: lawyer

Former communications director Brian Bonney’s sentencing hearing for breach of trust is underway

Island passengers say Sunwing left them stranded in Abbotsford

Company says late arrival led to difficulties securing accommodation, transportation

Ice dancers Virtue and Moir to carry flag for Canada at 2018 Olympics

The pair earned a gold medal at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games

Diplomacy on agenda at North Korea summit in Vancouver

Foreign ministers from 20 countries are meeting Tuesday to discuss security and stability on the Korean Peninsula.

Kids chained in Calif. house of horrors; parents arrested

Authorities say an emaciated teenager led deputies to home where her 12 brothers and sisters were locked up in filthy conditions

Most Read