Des­ig­nated ed­u­ca­tion Fund deal signed

Saugeen cot­tagers’ as­so­ci­a­tion inks deal with Saugeen First Na­tion

Shoreline Beacon - - News - FranCes Lear­ment Editor

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.

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