Designated education Fund deal signed
Saugeen cottagers’ association inks deal with Saugeen First Nation
Students from Saugeen First Nation (SFN) returning to school to complete their Ontario Secondary School Diploma and study academic and career preparation at Georgian College in Owen Sound may have the cost of travel, lunch, books, parking, child care and specialized work-related clothing and essentials paid by an education fund set up by the Saugeen Cottagers’ Organization incorporated (SCOi) and SFN, administered by Community Foundation Grey Bruce.
No students have applied for the grants for this school year as the program is only now being promoted by the SFN Band office according to Stuart Reid, Executive Director of Community Foundation Grey Bruce.
Reid said $3,500 is available as the first scholarship disbursements from the Foundation endowment fund of $100,000.
“The Cottagers made donations through their organization and the Fund also took advantage of matching funds made available by the Foundation to meet the needs of students furthering their educations,” Reid said in a Sept. 5 telephone interview, adding the Foundation transfers the funds to the SFN Band office and the Band is in the process of publicizing the grant program.
The high school equivalency program at Georgian College includes communications, computer fundamentals, self-management, self-direction, core math, business math, apprenticeship math, engineering math, biology, chemistry and physics.
SCOi is a volunteer-run cottage association representing cottagers who lease land from the SFNation Reserves #28 and #29 in the Southampton/Sauble Beach area, and was represents the interests of the four cottage associations - Chief ’s point, South Sauble, French Bay and Block “B” - to the Saugeen Band.
A new endowment fund will pay education and living costs for Saugeen First Nation students getting a high school diploma equivalency at Georgian College in Owen Sound. The agreement to dispense grants - $3,500 is available this school year - to students was signed Sept. 2 in Sauble Beach by Stuart Reid (left), Executive Director of Community Foundation Grey Bruce, former SFN Chief Lester Anaquot and Jim Grant, President of Saugeen Cottagers’ Organization Incorporated.