Receiving a scholarship makes a world of difference


David StobbeAlly 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.”

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Generosity reaches new heights

drholly3The 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.”

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