AREA awards a total of $5,000 annually in scholarship money to two deserving children/grandchildren of Alberta REALTORS® who are entering post-secondary education. For 2016, AREA is proud to award $2,500 each to two exciting young individuals:
Sydney Elliot is the daughter of Kim Elliot of the Central Alberta REALTORS® Association, calling the community of Leslieville, AB home.
A well-rounded student, she is entering her first year in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Alberta. Throughout high school, Sydney balanced a 90% average with participation in the Students in Action group, raising money to build wells in Africa and giving back to her school community through dance and fundraiser planning.
Her involvement with a Wilderness Studies group gave Sydney an opportunity to take on environmental challenges, working with the group to promote conservation initiatives and educate about important watersheds in her area.
Outside of school, Sydney finds time for volleyball, dance, and horseback riding, and mentors Grade 3 students, enhancing the skills of the next generation of children in the Leslieville area.
"I am extremely thankful for being selected for the Al Larson Memorial Scholarship. Al Larson's commitment to his industry and community inspires me to continually strive to give back. Once I complete my Environmental Engineering degree, my goal is to work towards finding solutions to bridge the gap between industry and the environment." - Sydney Elliot
Monty Hart is the son of two REALTORS®: John A. and Kerry Hart of the Calgary Real Estate Board (CREB®).
Entering his first year of post-secondary education in the Civil Engineering Technology program at SAIT, Monty has maintained strong grades while participating in volleyball, badminton, football and golf, and minor hockey for the Claresholm Thunder. Through his hockey involvement, he had the opportunity to shave his head (along with his teammates) to raise money for two young children in the community fighting cancer.
In his role as the school's Prom King, Monty acted as an ambassador in school and the community at large, organizing Canada Day festivities and helping with other local fundraising activities. With a new found comfort in front of a crows, he also mentored future candidates, taught students how to dance and emceed his grad ceremony.
"Receiving the Al Larson Memorial Scholarship is a privilege. Having two parents that are real estate agents, it is incredible to receive an honour that reflects on them, as well as the hard work and support they have provided to help get me to where I am today. I plan on continuing my education after graduating from SAIT, in pursuit of a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering." - Monty Hart
With more than 50 applications received for the awards, the Association thanks all applicants, congratulates them on their tremendous accomplishments in their high school years, and wishes them the best as they pursue post-secondary education.
The applications for the 2017 awards are available online and can be submitted by those entering post-secondary in September 2017 or January 2018 any time prior to the October 15, 2017 deadline.
For any questions about the Al Larson Memorial Scholarship, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-661-0231.