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2015 Inaugural Scholarship Recipients

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The Calgary Foundation was very pleased to announce the following scholarships have been awarded from the 2015 Shannon Burwash Memorial Fund. Over 30 qualified students from across Canada applied for the two available scholarships this past June.

"We were definitely impressed with all of the scholarship applicants this year," says Dr. Wayne Burwash. "It was the first year that The Calgary Foundation awarded the scholarships since Shannon's passing in 2013. We realized that there are differences in academic achievement, leadership and volunteer activities depending on the number of years a student has been involved in their studies. For that reason, the scholarship awards have been changed to address these aspects."

In 2016, there will be two different categories of scholarships. One going to first or second year students (2 - $1,000 awards), and the other ($2,000) going to students advancing past their second year of studies.

bailey smith

$2,000 Awarded to Bailey Smith

Bailey Smith comes from a small performance horse breeding operation in Okotoks, Alberta. She received a BSc Agriculture from the University of Alberta , and is now entering her fourth year at the University of Calgary in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. Bailey is focusing her studies on equine medicine with specific interests in reproduction and sports medicine and rehabilitation.

Bailey has always been very involved with horses, from gymkhanas and hunter jumpers shows as a kid, to grooming for polo teams,and exercising cutting horses between school semesters. Overall , Bailey has been most active in barrel racing, having competed in the high school, college, Canadian All Girl and various amateur rodeo associations. Even though competition has taken a backseat to her studies, she still tries to get out and
ride a young Quarter Horse in her free time.

Bailey is also involved in her community, and has taken positions in her student government. The Calgary
Association for Veterinary Students, and the American Association for Equine Practitioners Student Chapter at the university. She has a strong passion for mentoring others, and plans to take a serious role in mentoring horse enthusiasts, veterinary students and young veterinarians in the future. After completing her DVM, Bailey plans to complete an internship in equine referral medicine then return to the Calgary area to become an associate at a high-end equine practice and remain competitive with her horses.

brandy rimmer

$1,000 Awarded to Brandy Rimmer:

Brandy Rimmer is in her third year of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Calgary. Prior to this she attended Grant MacEwan University for four years while taking her Bachelor of Science Degree. Although it is her love of animals that led her down the path of veterinary medicine, it is her passion for horses that has pushed her to come this far.

Brandy grew up on a farm in the small community of Lake Isle, one hour west of Edmonton, and with the help of her family she began showing Quarter Horses at a young age. She believes it has been the lessons that she learned through many years in 4H, her tight-knit community, and her supportive family that have all helped her to get where she is today.

Brandy has worked for an ambulatory equine veterinarian for the last two summers and this fast-paced job has assisted her in solidifying her career choice of becoming a large animal/equine veterinarian. She has owned many horses throughout her life but there was one in particular that left a lasting impression, and showed her how unbelievably strong the bond between a human and a horse can be. Brandy hopes to use her education to better the lives of horses and their owners while she continues to learn and grow throughout her career. "Shannon Burwash was an inspiration for many women, and I hope to exemplify a similar passion for horses and education in my life as she did in hers," said Brandy.

Shannon Burwash was a leader and a lover of the horse industry across Canada. To honour her legacy,  scholarships will continue to be awarded to deserving students who are focused on getting a post-secondary education, and being involved in the horse industry in their future. 

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