Ally Chertez, student and Centennial Fund scholarship recipient, is grateful to University of Saskatchewan alumni. Ally received a $2,000 scholarship from the Centennial Fund this year and is able to study her passions at the U of S, thanks to alumni support of the Annual Campaign for Students.
“I’m one of those people who wants to study everything!” says Ally, a second-year student in the College of Arts and Science. “Archaeology. History. Everything! When archaeology comes up, a light just goes on. I thrived in that class.”
Ally is immensely grateful for the assistance it provided her. “Getting a bursary or any kind of support, especially from an accredited institution, comes with a definite aura about it. It pushes you forward a little bit. Sometimes it can be just that little push that you need.”
Professor John Pomeroy (BSc’83, PhD’88), a hydrology professor at the University of Saskatchewan and Canada Research Chair in Water Resources and Climate Change, was in great demand by the media during the Alberta floods of 2013. He also hosted a houseful of stranded travellers at his home in Canmore during the flooding.
The path to a specialized medical degree is never a short or easy one. But having spent over a decade to eventually become a radiologist, Dr. Holly Wells is content to have taken what she calls “the long way around”. Born in Prince Edward Island into a military family, Dr. Wells settled on the west coast as a teenager. After graduating from high school in 1974, she started at UBC, but says, “I didn’t like it much—and I got terrible marks.” So she took a break from university, joining the RCMP for a couple of years and then working as a roughneck on the oil rigs in Alberta.
In her mid-20s, with some savings put away, she wanted to give university a second chance. So she enrolled in pre-med in Regina. This time around, her student experience was completely different. “I’d had to drop calculus at UBC, but this time, I got 90s in everything,” says Dr. Wells. “I wasn’t any smarter, but I had more maturity and I was focused, and it worked out very well.”