Be part of the Drive to Boost Education
Every year the Rotary Club of Calgary South "Stay In School" program selects 4 grade 6 students from economically challenged families to the program. We continue to mentor and provide financial aid for them until they achieve their dream of a post secondary education.
Many Calgary students who have the ability to attend a post-secondary school will not get an opportunity to do so because of limited family financial resources. The Rotary Club of Calgary South "Stay-In-School" Scholarship Foundation has been enacted to provide financial assistance and mentorship to selected students.
The program has 3 key objectives:
Support and motivate students who may not have the financial resources to attend a post-secondary educational institution;
Encourage students and their parents to investigate opportunities available to them after high school;
Introduce the work of Rotary to educators, students, parents and to encourage the development of similar programs by other groups.
Student selection is based on two main factors:
Students must have the academic ability to graduate from high school and meet post-secondary requirements throughout the program.
Students must come from a family that clearly does not have the financial means to pay for a post-secondary education.
To date 62 Students have participated in the program and 13 have graduated. 16 students are currently enrolled in post-secondary studies.
Mentoring plays an important role in the success of the "Stay-In-School" Program. Each student is connected with a mentor in grade seven and this relationship continues through the entire educational process through graduation from a post secondary institution.
The mentor's purpose is to:
Monitor the scholastic progress of the student by reviewing copies of report cards and attendance records;
Offer assistance and guidance in the event of difficulties;
Encourage the student to maintain a satisfactory level of achievement;
Inspire the student to set and maintain a standard of excellence in all of their interactions with family and community.
The Rotary Club of Calgary South has set a goal of $4,500,000 that will sustain students throughout their post-secondary studies.
The "Stay in School" scholarship program offers significant financial support in the amount of $7,500 per student per year, to a maximum total of $30,000 over 4 years.
Richardson GMP of Calgary provided significant support to help launch the program and the Rotary Club of Calgary South contributes annually to the fund primarily through the annual golf tournament.