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Laurier student wins prestigious Fessenden-Trott scholarship
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Elizabeth Baisley, a second-year Laurier Brantford student, has won one of only four Fessenden-Trott scholarships, valued at $9,000 a year. The Fessenden-Trott Scholarship rewards students with excellent academic records and who display leadership qualities, as evidenced by their extracurricular activities or volunteerism.
Baisley, a Human Rights & Human Diversity and English major, has maintained a GPA of 11.9 while actively involved in community service activities. She devotes most of her time to Immigrant Settlement Services of Brantford, but she is also a flautist in the Brantford Memorial Concert Band, a volunteer contributor for Talent Egg (an online career resource for students and recent graduates) and a note-taker for Laurier’s Accessible Learning. She has also been volunteering with the Adult Literacy and Basic Skills Program and Operation Christmas Child for over five years, and the Alzheimer Society of Brant for over 10 years.
Baisley says she is pleased to have received the scholarship because now she can reduce her hours at work and devote more time to studying and volunteering.
“This scholarship will allow me to continue participating in the activities for which it originally recognized me,” she says.
As a result of the scholarship, she now has her eye on opportunities to volunteer abroad, including a placement where she can research human rights violations and create workshops in Gaborone, Botswana.
After finishing her undergraduate degree at Laurier, Baisley hopes to pursue her passions in human diversity and law by completing a graduate degree.
The Fessenden-Trott Scholarship was established in the memory of the late professor Reginald Aubrey Fessenden and the late Helen May Fessenden (née Trott). Reginald Fessenden was born in Canada in 1866 and became a renowned inventor of electrical and radio equipment, and was a pioneer of radio broadcasting.
Four scholarships are offered in a different Canadian region each year. The next opportunity for a student from Ontario to apply for the scholarship will be in 2013. Each eligible university can only nominate one candidate. The scholarships are available to undergraduate students who have completed the first year of their first university degree and who have attained high academic standing. The candidates' leadership qualities and participation in extracurricular activities are also considered.
The scholarship is administered by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada. For more information, visit the website here.