A local man is offering a scholarship to give high achieving students the support that members of his family never received.
“My dad and aunt were both governors general award scholars… they got [nothing] for it,” said Allan Collier, one of the donors for the John A. Collier Memorial Scholarship.
The $5,000 scholarship, offered in part by the University of Saskatchewan, is awarded to entering undergraduate students who intent to major in history, political studies or English.
“Anybody who would get one of these scholarships has really done something pretty worthwhile… this is not an easy thing to be the best of the students in any school in any area in any community,” he said.
Collier said that he would one day like to see a Kootenay scholars society to award high achieving students in the area.
“We should be rewarding people for being smart… these are rock stars, these are people who may just save the world, find the cure for cancer, be world leaders.”
Collier said that through the John A. Collier Memorial Scholarship, he wants to give students opportunities that his father never had.