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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
December 5, 2016
Canadian Excellence


Colleen Loomis

Congratulations to Incoming Master's Student Alexis Buettgen

Jul 23/08

Ms. Alexis Buettgen, an incoming master's student, received a $1,000 W. Leo McMahon Memorial Scholarship Award.  This scholarship is awarded by Community Living Brant to a student whose studies benefit individuals supported by Community Living Brant or a similar community service.

As an undergraduate, Ms. Buettgen studied community psychology and completed an independent research project under the supervision of Dr. Loomis. Ms Buettgen investigated university students' perception of equal opportunity to post-secondary education (PSE) for students with economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Findings from the two-group design comparing three students receiving financial aid to five students not receiving aid showed that both groups held similar views about socioeconomic status hindering students' access to PSE, yet only students receiving financial aid mentioned the challenges faced by students with financial needs who struggle to work in order to pursue education. These findings show attending to the role employment pays in students' pursuit of education is a contemporary issue.

"Community Living Brant is a non-profit organization which provides supports and services to developmentally challenged adults in Brantford and Brant County. The award is named in recognition of a past Executive Director, Leo McMahon. It is funded through funds raised at the agency's Annual Circle of Friends Golf Tournament." (Scholarship announcement)  Link to organization:

Congratulations Alexis!

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