Swan Hills student Madison Marriott wins $61,800 scholarship

The future just got a little brighter for Grade 12 Swan Hills School student Madison Marriott. Accepted into the University of Calgary’s Engineering program this fall, she has also been awarded the Seymour Schulich Community Service / Entrepreneurial Award worth $61,800 — she will receive $24,800 in her first year of university and $18,500 each in years two and three.  

The scholarship criteria includes academics as well as contribution to school life, community service and/or entrepreneurial talent, and is awarded to only 24 students across Canada each year. The application process included 3 steps: an essay, a questionnaire, and finally a telephone interview.  

Madison tells us, “Winning this scholarship takes a lot of stress off me and my family - it will also open a lot of doors for me.” Madison’s teacher, Kim Hooey, says that this scholarship gives Madison much more than just financial support. “Madison will have significant networking opportunities. She’ll meet corporate leaders and will have greater access to summer employment and internship programs. It sets her up really nicely for her future career.”

Olympic cycling athlete Monique Sullivan reached out to Madison last week by phone to congratulate her on the the award. As a prior Schulich scholarship winner, she explained to Madison that as a recipient she will become part of a close-knit community, where someone will always be looking out for her.

Principal Sheila Gardiner tells us that Madison has attended Swan Hills school since Kindergarten. Gardiner says, “We are so proud of Madison and we hope that this inspires other students to work hard and set their sights high. Seeing Madison earn this prestigious award is so encouraging - we strive to give our rural students a quality education and we want them to know they have what they need to be successful.”

Published April 20, 2017