Scholarship one of just 22 nation-wide
A Cornwall youth is one of just 22 students across Canada who has been chosen to receive a scholarship from Best Buy.
Savannah Lapensee, a member of the Boys and Girls Club, received the honour on Sunday morning.
Manager of the Cornwall Best Buy, Danik Lafrance, said Lapensee won due to her outstanding dedication to her community and education.
“We would like to congratulate you on your accomplishments,” he told Lapensee.
“I was really looking forward to this day,” said Lapensee. “I know when I applied I didn’t think I would get it, it is 22 people in all of Canada.”
Lapensee said she heard she won the scholarship over the summer and was so excited she screamed and jumped up and down.
“I am so happy to be here today,” she said. “It’s really going to help me a lot.”
Lapensee said she worked very hard to get to where she is and education is a big focus for her.
“As for the $4,000 towards my tuition, I’m really, really excited for that because college or university is one of my great goals,” she said. “It’s going to be a big thing.”
Lapensee also thanked the Boys and Girls Club for having a big impact on her life.
“I couldn’t have done it without them,” she said. “I would never have been introduced to this.”
Executive director of BGC, Jacquie Richards, said Lapensee was very deserving of the scholarship.
“The Best Buy scholarship is a fantastic opportunity for local youth,” she said. “We are really excited this is year two that one of our youths has been chosen.
It’s across the country and only 22 kids are chosen. This is a really big deal for us.”
Richards said winning this scholarship gives the students a leg up.
“That’s why, if you notice it isn’t a Grade 12 scholarship,” she said. “It’s a Grade 10 scholarship. The idea is that, by helping give someone that help and encouragement in Grade 10, hopefully they will make the next two years, which are tough, get them there. It’s that incentive, that motivator at a younger grade level to get that graduation check level.”
“Savannah actually had the opportunity to speak at the United Way breakfast,” said Richards. “She has been with us since Grade 4, so she is a long-term BGC member. We are her BGC family. She is a young person who I will often refer back to the Dr. Suess book ‘Oh the Places You Will Go.’ That’s how I look at Savannah and we get to be a part of her journey. We are pretty proud of her.”
The scholarship consists of a $750 gift card for the purchase of a laptop computer, $250 to help with college application fees and $4,000 which will be paid directly to the college or university of her choice.
Savannah Lapensee celebrates being one of 22 students across Canada who won a Best Buy scholarship on Sunday in Cornwall.