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September 2011

  • Thank you for choosing me to receive one of the bursaries for university.  I have been blessed by it greatly and it has helped me in many ways….. I am starting my second semester….taking my Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Thanks again, God Bless. 
  • ‘My family has experienced some trying times in the past couple of years…your support is greatly appreciated…thank you so much for the bursary’

September 2012

  • I would like to extend my greatest appreciation for your hard work and dedication in relation to the creation of the Rotary Bursary Endowment Fund.  The University of Toronto has recently applied the
    Agnes Lina Cook Award to my financial account…. It is so wonderful how many people the endowment fund has been able to assist and will continue to assist throughout future years.   This would not be possible without all of your hard work and the support of the donors, so please know that I am sending you all my sincerest thanks,   especially the donors who contributed to the Agnes Lina Cook Award.
  • I am really excited about the MSW program at U of T and what it has to offer in terms of professional development.   I will definitely make a point to remember the Rotary Bursary Endowment Fund and be sure to give back in the future ….to help suppport post secondary students, like myself. — My sincerest gratitude.

September 2013

  • I can’t express thanks enough to your foundation for supporting my daughter with your bursary gift. I wasn’t able to go to college myself and for my daughter to be able to go is my most proud moment as a parent. She has not been the easiest of my seven children to raise but I want you to be reassured that you have not put you gift to bad use. She is a very special girl with a warm, caring heart and very loved by her family and many friends. I know that with this chance she will give it her very best to succeed. She wants to help people in the health field and I know that she will touch everyone that comes in her path with her wonderful spirit and love for others.    Yours Sincerely, ( her mother ) 
  • Thank you so much for awarding me a Rotary Club or Gravenhurst Bursary for this coming year. It means a lot .  (Student)
  • To: Glen and Phyllis Williams Family and Rotary Bursary Endowment Fund:  Words cannot express! Receipt of the Glen and Phyllis Williams Bursary. I was totally honoured and overwhelmed when I received my acceptance letter. I could feel the level of stress decrease! Thank you again ever so much, as indicated in your letter, I sincerely hope that in the future I will be able to support the Rotary Bursary Endowment Fund.    (Student)
  • I would like to thank you so much for the bursary and helping me fund my education.  I really appreciate your kindness.  I am having a fantastic time here, learning a lot.  I hope you have a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays.  (Student)

October  2014

  •  My thanks to the Rotary Club of Gravenhurst for their help in paying this year’s tuition.    I hope to give back to my community one day too.
  • The help you have given me could not have come at a better time.  My tuition is due right after the New Year.  Thanks to the caring people of Town.

October  2015

  • I was very happy to learn that I was a recipient of the Agnes Lina Cook Memorial Bursary Award.  I am writing to thank you for your generous support towards my higher education.  By awarding me the Agnes Lina Cook Memorial Bursary, I am able to concentrate on what is important for me, education!  Your financial generosity has allowed me to be one step closer to my goal and has inspired me to help other by giving back to the community.  I hope one day I will be able to help other students achieve their goal just as you have helped me.  Once again thanks.
  • Jim and Marlyn Goodwin:  Thank you so much for your generosity in the support of the education of myself and others.   I am currently completing my final year in the Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy program at the University of Western Ontario.  Your Bursary award will be of great assistance in paying for my tuition.  I look forward to entering into the field of health care and being able to help others, similar in the ways in which you both have for many years.   One day I hope to be in the position to pay forward your kindness and help support other students in need.   Thank you again for your generosity,
  • Glen and Phyllis Williams:  Thank you so much for making the Rotary Club of Gravenhurst Bursary a possibility for me.  The money I received will greatly help me with my program at Fanshawe College and with my goal of becoming a medical radiologist.  Sincerely, –
  • My name is —– and I was awarded the Terrance Haight Memorial Bursary Award.   I understand that this letter is late, but I am sincerely hoping that you will still consider me for this bursary, as I greatly appreciate being chosen and am in need of it.  As I mentioned in my application for this bursary, my father was terminally ill with an aggressive form of brain cancer. Throughout the month of September my dad’s illness progressed until he passed away…I am so sorry for missing the deadline, and I hope it does not make you see me as any less than completely appreciative of being awarded this bursary…Thank you…I really appreciate your consideration, sincerely  ____  (Note: Another wonderful young lady who received her bursary )
  • Dear Glen and Phyllis Williams Family:   I would like to sincerely thank you for the generosity and support that you have provided to me. (Glen and Phyllis Williams Family Bursary Award) It has allowed me to proceed to fulfill my dream of attending Trent University, in Peterborough Ontario, to study business administration.  I am currently in my third year and am making the most out of my education and the countless opportunities that I am granted.  I focus my studies around economics and finance, as well as analyzing business case studies to apply the knowledge that I am obtaining.  Growing up on Gravenhurst, I have learned that life is what you make of it and there are people in our community, such as yourself, that have the generosity to help those willing to pursue their life ambitions….I have been able to secure a cumulative average of 82% in my schooling…I hope to be able to give back to my community and make a difference in people’s lives, just like you have, when I complete my current set of life goals,   sincerely,  ____
  • To the Family of Terrance Haight.  I am enrolled in the Architectural Technologist program at Georgian College.   I am thoroughly enjoying my program and am excited to learn more about my field through my studies at school and the co-op portion of my learning.  …This bursary will help in paying for a large part of my tuition and for that I say thank you!  Yours Truly, ____
  • To Audrey and Fred Brown:  I would like to say thank you for participating in the Rotary Bursary Endowment Fund.  I realize and appreciate the importance of this program and I hope that I too one day will be able to donate and help families in financial need.  I also appreciate that although you both had your own personal health struggles, you still found a way to help others. Yours Truly, ____
  • To Glen and Phyllis Williams: Thank you so much for making the Rotary Club of Gravenhurst Bursary a possibility for me. The money I received will greatly help me with my program at Fanshawe College, and with my goal of becoming a medical radiologist. Sincerely, M.P., ____
  • Dear Gravenhurst Rotary Club,  I would like to express my thanks and gratitude for your generosity in providing me this award.  you generosity relieves the stress of paying tuition and living in down town Toronto and helps me to focus on my studies.  I am a sculpture and Installation Major currently studying in second year at the Ontario College of Art and Design University.  I have been making plans with Gravenhurst High School Art Teacher Mrs. Buckingham to talk to students about pursuing post secondary and answering some experience about their next big step.  Thanks again for you continuous support, it is greatly appreciated,  Sincerely,  ____
  • Dear Williams Family, As the recipient a Glen and Phyllis Williams Family Bursary, I would like to express my sincere gratitude for the tremendous support that you have provided me through this bursary. I am in my fourth and final year at Western University where I am studying Sociology and Psychology. I hope to continue my education next year in the Autism and Behavioral Science Program, with the intention of working with children with Autism and developmental disorders in the future. Thank you again for your generous support. I cannot begin to describe how much it means to me. I hope one day I have the chance to help others, as you have helped me. Sincerely, B.D., ____
  • As the award winner of the Mary E. McSheffrey Memorial Award, I would like to express my heartfelt thanks for you generosity in providing this award.  I am happy to have been selected as this year’s recipient for this bursary and it will be of significant help to lighten the burden of paying part of my tuition.  I am currently in my third year of a Bachelor of Science Program at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo and am facing student loan payments upon completing my program. However, you bursary enables me to keep my debt that much lower and for that, I am grateful.  Not only does this bursary help me to finance my education, but I also feel honoured to be recognized for the hard work I put into my studies.  I am sincerely grateful for the Gravenhurst Rotary Club Bursary as I know first hand ho it helps assist many students to pursue their career goals.    …I will never forget the generosity extended to me! with sincere thanks, Samantha Tomkinson
  • Thank you Rotary Club of Gravenhurst for selecting me for the Ross and Betty Franklin award. It has been so helpful and is greatly appreciated. Thank you and Merry Christmas from BS 🙂 , ____
  • Mr. Norm Rippon: From the card “Thanks so much for your help. A little kindness makes such a difference in a day. Your thoughtfulness certainly made a difference in mine.” I wanted to thank you for choosing me to be a recipient of the Norman Rippon Bursary Award. I am very grateful for you assistance in paying my tuition. Thanks again, AAJ ____
  • On behalf of my son (Jacob van Dyk) and myself, I would like to thank you very much for awarding him the Everett and Florence Doherty Family Bursary. The funds will go a long way in helping Jacob achieve all that he wants to, now and in the future.  Someday in the future we hope to contribute to the Rotary Endowment Fund to help give another student a chance to achieve their goals as you have given Jacob…thank you, Jacque van Dyk

 October 2016

  • I am writing you this as I was one of the recipients of the Terrance Haight Memorial Award.  I would first like to thank-you for selecting me to receive this bursary, and I am confident it will help me achieve my goals as a student.  I should also inform you that I am attending the University of Waterloo for the Environment and Business Program.  Enclosed is a thank you note.     The note read as follows: Just a short note to say thank you for selecting me as the recipient of the Terrance Haight Memorial Bursary Award.  I greatly appreciate the financial aid and I am confident it will help me to be successful in my studies.  I am so grateful for organizations such as Rotary’s Bursary Endowment Fund that make it possible for student like myself to pursue a post-secondary education, Overall, thank you! Sincerely, Brianna Bedford.
  • Thank you for supporting my academic endeavors by selecting me for the John Vail Family Bursary Award.  I am currently studying at Brock University in St. Catherines Ontaro.    Kylee Ruppert.
  • Thank you very much for awarding me the Patricia Patterson Family Bursary Award it will help so much with school expenses.  I am studying at Brock University.  …Adrienne Jackson.
  • Dear family of Agnes Lina Cook:  I wanted to take the time to personally thank you for your generous contribution to my education.  The gift of an education is the most valuable present a person can receive and so I am ever thankful for your generosity.  I am currently in my third year at Ryerson University where I am studing business management.  My major is Entrepreneurship and my minor is Human Resource Management. I have learned so many valuable lessons along the way and I am loving my classes more and more each day. We are currently in the process of making our business ideas come to life so it is a very exciting time!    I also wanted to thank you for attaching that beautiful letter about Agnes and all the wonderful life experiences she had.  I would have loved to have met her as she sounds like such a kind and caring women with traits I aspire to gain.  I specifically related to the “a penny saved is a penny earned” phrase she had used often as that is something I like to keep in mind when faced with many decisions.  Thank you again Cook family for allowing me to continue my education and carry on doing the things I love to do everyday.   Sincerely, Kate O’Brien
  • Dear Rotarians:  I hope this letter finds you all well.  I have just received your letter of acceptance for the Rotary Bursary Endowment Fund and I could not be more excited.  I am humbled by your continued generosity and support.  If not for for the continued support of the Rotary Club of Gravenhurst and its alumni I am doubtful I would have been able to focus on my studies to the level I have.  I am not in my third year of my undergraduate studies and have been learning more and more each year.  It is becoming clear to me that I should pursue a Master’s Degree after my undergraduate studies are completed, and possibly a Ph.D after that.  “Dr. Zuern” has a really  nice ring to it!   I have enclosed a letter for Mr. and Mrs. Rathbun to thank them for the bursary ( The Bill and Dora Rathbun Family Bursary )    Yours sincerely, Kevin Zuern
  • Thank you so much for supporting me with the John and Terri Vellinga Family Bursary Award.  I am so grateful to have been receiving this from you and I will put it to good use in furthering my education as Theatre artist.  …I am still attending York University in Toronto.  This year I am living in a town house with six other friends of mine.  It is kind of hectic at times but it is mostly positive.  My scooling in Theater continues but more specifically in the stream of Devised Theatre.  Devised Theatre focuses more on working through the processes of creating theatre pieces and working with a group of peole through movement and other means to do so. …Thank you so much once again for generosity.  It means a lot to me and my family who do their best to support me financially.  Sincerely, Nicholas Sluyk.
  • Hello my name is Sarah Ratchford and I am contacting you in regards to the Fred and Audrey Brown Family Bursary Award which you have very generously offered me for this academic year.  I am overwhelmingly grateful for your assistance in furthering my post secondary education again this year.  I am attending Trent University for the Queen’s-Trent Concurrent Education Program ( 5 years ).   Again, thank you so much!  Your help is very much appreciated by not only me, but my family as well.  So from all of us, we say a heartfelt thank you to the Rotary Bursary Endowment Fund, all of its donors, and to each person who helped to make this possible!   Sincerely, Sarah Rathford –  Future Teacher
  • Sarah Ratchford…With Thanks,
  • Dear Frankish Family,  I would like to thank you for this great opportunity.  This bursary will be a huge step towards my education.  I am currently attending George Brown College for Early Childhood Education; attending school in Toronto is such a fulfilling and exciting experience.  I am beyond thankful I have this opportunity.  Education is such an important part of life, and it is made possible by the help of your generosity.  This bursary ( Frankish Family Bursary Award ) will go a very long way during my time at George Brown College.   Thank you, Emmy O’Brien
  • ‘God has provided through you!’ I just want to thank you so much for choosing me as a recipient for the Rotary Bursary Fund.  Your help was an incredible gift for me this Semester.  Also, thank you for inviting me to the Rotary lunch over my Christmas break.   From Emily McKelvey (student at New Brunswick Bible Institute.)

October 2017

  • Dear John and Terri Vellinga, My name is Claudia Spengler and I am a graduate from the Gravenhurst High School.  Through this letter I would like to thank you for your donation towards the Rotary Bursary Endowment Fund, which gives students such as myself an opportunity to fund our post secondary educations.  The importance of education does not always receive the appreciation it deserves and I can not express in words how honoured I am to be attending the University of Waterloo this year!  The money donated will be going towards my second semester’s tuition as I study Knowledge Integration.  This is an undergraduate program that takes 4 years to complete, each yar consisting of 2 semesters with a length of 4 months. …..I have already made so many strong connections with those in my cohort and I know throughout the years our relations will only get stronger.  I truly have enjoyed the time that I have spent at Waterloo University so far. … I am looking forward to see what this year and the following years to come have in store for me.   I thank you again for your donation towards making a difference in the lives of students attending post-secondary!  Yours Truly,  Claudia Spengler.
  • My name is Meghan Barr and I just wanted to give thanks upon receiving the ‘Tim Forwell’ Bursary.  This bursary will help me greatly in achieving my goals throughout the last year in completing the Pharmacy Technician program at Georgian College.  It is a great honour to be able to say that I am a recipient of the ‘Tim Forwell’ award.  This bursary will help me get that much closer to creating a life for myself so that one day I will be able to give back to the community and help others in achieving their dreams.  I thank you again dearly for this kind act and I really do appreciate you choosing me as a candidate for this award.  All the best, Sincerely…Meghan Barr
  • Doug and Ann Tanner, My name is Sam and I am a recipient of the Doug & Ann Tanner and Sons Family Bursary.  I just wanted to let you know how much your generosity helps students like me.  I do not think I would have made it through some years of my schooling without the help of a bursary from families like yours.  I hope when I am older I have the ability to help students like you have.    I have currently finished four years of university at Wilfrid Laurier in Waterloo.  I graduated this past summer with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Physical Geography.  Unfortunately, university does not seem to be enough to get a job anymore, so this year I will be doing a post graduate study at Fleming College in Aquaculture. …After this year of school I hope to get into the department of Fisheries and Oceans so I can help restock lakes that have been over fished. I just wanted to thank you again for everything you do and how much this will help me in the long run.   Sam Tomkinson
  • Thank you so much for choosing me for the Fred and Audrey Brown Family Bursary Award.  I really appreciate your help towards paying my tuition. This award allows me to further my education in something I am really passionate about.  I hope to someday have a career in medicine and have the job I want thanks to you.  I hope someday I find myself i the financial position to support the Rotary Bursary Endowment Fund and provide funding to people like me.  Thank you for all your help.  Ashley Pless.
  • Dear Norman Rippon Family,  I am truly thankful for your generous donation towards my schooling through the Rotary Bursary Endowment Fund.  It is because of people like you, that kids like me are able to attend the school of their dreams and enjoy their time there at the same time.  Without financial help from you, I may not have been able to commit to attending the University of British Columbia.  I fly out to my new home on Saturday and could not be more excited, especially knowing that there are great people, such as yourself, willing to assist students achieve their goals.  I will be attending UBC for at least the next 4 years with a possible 5th year in order to get either a) bachelor in engineering management, or if b) my masters of applied science and bachelor of applied science at the same time. I will be sure to keep in touch with you as I complete my schooling and I look forward to meeting you at some point.  Thank you again,  Ryan Godfrey   UBCO student.  ( recipient of the Norman Rippon Family Bursary Award )
  • Tim and Kim Forwell.  I would like to thank you for your contributions to the Rotary Club and for the donation which created the Tim Forwell Bursary.  I am very appreciative to have been chosen for this bursary as it has been a huge contribution towards paying my tuition and allowing me to spend my savings more towards books and continuing to save to pay off my next semester.  There will never be enough words to express how thankful I am for your help and will definitely continue to keep in contact with you by email to let you know how successful I end up to be in my engineering program.  I will make sure to apply for this bursary again next year and continue for years after.  Thank you Tim and your daughter Kim so much for thinking of our small town of Gravenhurst when deciding where you would like to donate your money.  I know that all recipients this year benefit greatly and so will students for year to come.   Sincerely, McKenna Manser,  University of Guelph- Biomedical Engineering
  • Dear Hoekstra Family.  My name is Sadie Cleary and I am writing to express my sincere gratitude to you for making the Enno and Marina Hoekstra Family Bursary possible.  I was thrilled to learn of my selection for this honor and I am deeply appreciative of your support.  I am currently in my first year of the Nursing Program at Laurentian University, and plan to graduate in 2021.  After graduation, I hope to continue to attend Laurentian University pursuing Medicine or continuing in Nursing to become a Nurse Practitioner.  Eventually, I hope to return to Muskoka and work in the community.  Both programs I am considering have very difficult admission requirements, the financial assistance you provided will be of great help to me in paying my educational expenses, allowing me to focus more on the most important aspect of school, learning.  Thank you again for your generosity and support.  I promise you I will work very hard and eventually give something back to others, both as a health care professional and possibly a scholarship to future students like myself.   Sincerely,   Sadie Cleary
  • To: The family of Terrance Haight. ( Terrance Haight Memorial Bursary Award )   I’d like to take a minute to thank your family for your support in my education.  It means so much that your kindness has found its way to me.   About a month ago, I moved to Vancouver, BC to start a new adventure.  I am a Master of Architecture candidate at the University of British Columbia.  Although it had been a far and difficult move, I’m beginning to settle in to my new life here and into the city itself.  I’ve met some really great friends and am starting to explore this amazing city.  As for the program itself:  it is a three-and-a-half year program studying architectural design and I’ve just begun the first year of the program.  ….I am truly enjoying my program and all it has to offer, which is made possible in part by your generous contribution.  So again, thank you for your support.  Kindest Regards,  Monica Norman
  • Dear Mr. Forwell,  I would like to take this opportunity to thank you again for the very generous bursary you gave me last year.  I attended the Aircraft Maintenance Technician program at Canadore College which I enjoyed very much.  I will be returning to Canadore College in September to continue my studies in this program.  Your bursary, along with the one I received from the Rotary Club, was very much appreciated by both me and my family.  It has assisted my sister and me to continue our education and has greatly eased the financial burden on my mother who is supporting both of us in post-secondary education following the death of my father from cancer.  In addition to the tuition costs, the bursaries I received from you and the Rotary Club helped to pay my residence fees and living expenses.  This year, I will be living off campus in a house I have rented with three other people.  On behalf of my family and me, thank you for your generosity.   Sincerely, Lucas Kobe.

October 2018

  • Dear Mr Forwell:  I am spending the summer working full time for the Town of Gravenhurst in the landscaping and events department which I am enjoying very much.  My school program is two years long and I was required to take 16 courses in my first year.  My grades were above 70% in 12 of the courses…some above 80%…the course was interrupted by a 5 week strike. (affecting student studies )  I intend to get a tutor and work hard to get above 70% in each course.  Becoming an aircraft mechanic is very important to me.  I had two co-op placements with the Ministry of Natural Resources hangar at the Muskoka airport in High school which I enjoyed very much and was highly regarded by my supervisors.  I would very much like a career in this industry. Sincerely,  Lucas
  • To Rotary Bursary Endowment Fund:  Thank you Patricia Patterson for supporting my academic endeavours.  I am attending the Ontario College of Art and Design -OCAD- in Toronto.   (Andrew attended the luncheon at the Rotary Club in September and made a presentation expressing his appreciation of the support he has received from the bursaries.  He also described the new sandal design he created, explaining why it was unique.   He was wearing a pair of the sandals designed last year at school.)  Sincerely, Andrew Atkin.
  • I am eternally grateful for all the years of support that I have received from you, and even more so as I will be completing my last year at York University.  There are times where I feel disconnected from home in Gravenhurst and it is acts like these that remind me that I am still a part of the community back home.   My final year so far has been nothing but busy!  I am still living in the same large house with most of the same people.  Some have come and gone but the group that we have now is really great and it’s a lot of fun having such a supportive group of people around so often.  I also got a job at the p;ub on campus after a summer of having a lot of trouble finding work.  In terms of my work in theatre, things have also been super busy.  As a part of my program this fourth year in Devised Theater, means that we as a class have to put on and run our own theatre festival.   We…put on a show at the end of the Winter term.  …Every year one of the groups gets to travel to Edinburgh Fringe Festival during the summer which is the biggest theatre fringe festival in the world so, fingers crossed that we get to be a part of that amazing opportunity.  Once again, thank you for choosing me as a recipient of the Agnes Lina Cook Bursary.  I like to see myself as someone who is a diverse character and takes calculated risks like Agnes in my theatre work, and I’ll be sure to think about her and the rest of the Rotary club of Gravenhurst as I finish my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performance Creation.    Sincerely,  Nickolas Sluyk
  • My name is Taylor Hume and I have been fortunate enough to be the recipient of the John and Sandra Young Family Bursary Award.  I very greatly appreciate being chosen to win this award.  I am currently attending the University of Ottawa in the Honours Bachelor of Health Sciences program.  My program is an integrative way of studying health.  By using biosciences and research methodologies to determine the social and environmental determinants of health I learn and discover innovative ways to understand, determine and measure complex health problems all around the world….Thank you so much for awarding me with this bursary.   Sincerely, Taylor Hume