The Calgary Foundation is very pleased to announce the following scholarships have been awarded from the 2016 Shannon Burwash Memorial Fund. Qualified students from across Canada applied for the three available scholarships this past June.
Jenna Lambert was born and raised in Calgary, AB, and is entering her third year of study in the Veterinary Medicine Program at the University of Calgary. Jenna started riding at a young age, and her love and passion for horses has carried forward into a passion for veterinary medicine. Over the past four years, Jenna has worked on a research project alongside veterinarians from UCVM, with a focus on predicting disease severity and outcome in critically ill horses in Alberta. Being part of this study allowed her to work alongside numerous equine specialists and truly solidified her decision to become an equine veterinarian. Jenna has a strong interest in equine surgery, and upon completion of her DVM hopes to pursue the path of becoming an equine surgeon. In the future, Jenna plans to take the knowledge and skills she gains as a equine veterinarian abroad to help working equids in need.
Alisa Brace was raised on a small farm east of Sundre, Alberta and spent much of her childhood either doing chores on a small beef operation or riding horses. Her first time on a horse was when she was three months old and even just as an infant she knew that her place in life was in the saddle. Alisa started small with just pleasure riding at home and around her property then branched out to competing in local Light Horse shows in both English and Western, and most recently she has begun to take part in the drill team for her hometown pro rodeo running sponsor flags between events.
As well as various horse activities Alisa was also an avid dancer at her dance club in Sundre where she danced for eleven years and got the opportunity to compete in various competitions as well as take leadership roles as both an assistant dance teacher in her younger years and a role model to the younger dancers in her last few years. She also played on both the Eagles and Scorpions basketball teams in middle and high school. Alisa is currently a student at Lakeland College and having completed her certificate as a Veterinary Medical Assistant she will be heading back in the fall to complete her diploma in Animal Health Technology. She looks forward to finishing school and starting her career in a clinic with a main focus on equine and bovine herd health and reproduction, as well as equine performance.
“We were extremely impressed with all of the scholarship applicants this year,” said Dr. Wayne Burwash. “This is the second year that The Calgary Foundation has awarded the scholarships since Shannon’s passing in 2013. We realized that there are differences in academic achievement, leadership and volunteer activities depending on the number of years a student has been involved in their studies. The changes we made in the qualification criteria have addressed these aspects and I am very pleased to say that the awards this year more clearly achieve the goals of the fund.”
In 2016, there were two different categories of scholarships. One going to first or second year students (2 – $1,000 awards). Click here for the http://calgaryfoundation.org/
Shannon Burwash was a leader and a lover of the horse industry across Canada. The scholarships are awarded to deserving students who are focused on getting a post-secondary education, and being involved in the horse industry in their future.