Lower Island Cove teen wins free college tuition
A resident of Lower Island Cove on the north shore of Conception Bay has won a year’s free tuition at the College of the North Atlantic.
Kelsey Maidment was presented with a tuition voucher on Monday, Aug. 29 byGary Myrden, administrator at the Carbonear campus of the College of the North Atlantic.
“ This is the biggest thing I’ve ever won,” said Kelsey.
Kelsey was the grand prize winner of the college’s 2011 Summer Crew contest.
The prize couldn’t have been more appreciated by Kelsey and her family, who have struggled financiallly.
“ My mother lost her eyesight a couple of years ago and she’s on disability,” Kelsey explained. “(My family) supports me in my studies, but they can’t really support me financially.”
Kelsey is enrolled in the comprehensive arts and science transfer program at the Carbonear campus, and plans to commute daily from her home in Lower Island Cove. Her ultimate goal is to become a pharmacist.
She maintained a 90 per cent average during her years at Baccalieu Collegiate in Old Perlican.
The free tuition will allow her to reduce her student loan burden.
“ I was taking that program to save some money,” she said. “Instead of doing my first year of university in St. John’s, I’d stay home and I wouldn’t have to spend so much. I could go back and forth to school every day and I wouldn’t need an apartment and tuition was cheaper.”
The CAS Transfer program provides students with a number of credits which can be applied to further studies at CNA or a degree at Memorial University (MUN).
“I heard it was a great transition from high school into university,” Kelsey added. “I think that’s the best way to do it because it gives you more time to adjust to the difference between high school and post-secondary.”
After completing the program at CNA, Maidment wants to apply to the School of Pharmacy at MUN. She said her mother was as excited as she was to find out that her first year of college will be tuition-free.
“It really means a lot to me and it means a lot to her too — I called her and told her that I won it and she was so happy — she was relieved that I wouldn’t have such a big student loan to pay back.”
Now, Maidment is headed into her first year of college without the burden of paying for her tuition.
“ I’m looking forward to a new experience and meeting new people. I liked high school but it’s six years of the same people. Now it’s new people from different places.”
Maidment will also receive a $150 gift certificate for CNA’s E-Store.
Four runners-up were also chosen in the Summer Crew contest. Rachelle House of St. John’s and Stacey Cadet of Port au Choix will each receive a $100 gift certificate for the CNA E-Store, while Gerard Murphy of St. John’s and Ryan Murphy of Harbour Main will each receive a $75 gift certificate for CNA’s E-Store.
CARBONEAR CAMPUS ADMINISTRATOR Gary Myrden (left), administrator at the Carbonear campus of the College of the North Atlantic, presents Kelsey Maidment with a voucher for one year’s free tuition at the college on Monday, Aug. 29.