This year’s recipients of the Saskatchewan Scholarship of Honour were named in Regina Monday.
The scholarship acknowledges returning Canadian Armed Forces Members, as well as the spouses and children of injured and fallen members, who receive a one-time award of $5,000 towards post-secondary education.
“This is a big deal, this is one of the best scholarships offered in Canada for this type of thing and I am very grateful,” said retired Capt. Ian Bonnell, one of 22 being recognized for their service to their country.
Bonnell, who served as a pilot in Afghanistan, is working towards his masters in business administration.
“I am opening my doors, that’s what I’m doing. It is giving me new opportunities for the future and I love to learn and this is a great way to go forward with it,” Bonnell said.
Leading seaman Nicole Baldwin served in the Canadian Navy for six years, and is working towards her masters in toxicology.
“It has been great to receive the scholarship, I am in good company for sure, the scholarship itself has been super helpful for me transitioning from the military to my civilian job,” Baldwin said.
Since the program began in 2009, 183 scholarships have been awarded — totalling $915,000.
“Our government admires the dedication and courage of the many men and women serving in Canada’s Armed Forces,” said Herb Cox, Saskatchewan’s Minister of Advanced Education.
“This scholarship will help them pursue their post-secondary studies and is a token of our gratitude and respect for their bravery.”