Councillor Richard’s strange disclosure
It started when Stanstead Councillor Michelle Richard’s husband asked council in last Monday’s council meeting to address it in the first question. It was followed by a presentation of a new scholarship offered by Stanstead College, funded only for Stanstead students by an anonymous donor, and a program to tutor local kids at the Youth Centre. The assembly was befuddled to say the least.
Only those aware of the rumours floating around had an idea where this was leading. The said scholarship had been awarded to Mrs. Richard’s son. A representative of Stanstead College then told the few citizens present that the scholarship had been advertised on the college’s web site. Asked by this newspaper if a press release had been issued to announce this new scholarship, we were told that the college used to advertise its bursaries but doesn’t anymore as people don’t seem to read newspapers anymore. A few councillors seemed unaware of the situation, yet the town general director admitted that he had talked to the town lawyers about the issue.
According to the Richards, they came across the scholarship this summer when a Chinese woman customer asked them about language courses at the College. They went to the Internet and
found out about the scholarship then. They applied and their son got selected. They admitted that he was bound for the Servites in Ayer’s Cliff before being awarded the scholarship.
The scholarship, up to 75% of full tuition which this year is at $20,000, is taxable. So a taxpayer would add $15,000 to his tax bill, a hit of around $8,000. Asked by the Stanstead Journal if a poor kid could receive a true full scholarship, the College said that maybe this could happen.
Councillor Michele Richard at last Monday’s council meeting.