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2019 Scholarship Recipients

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The Calgary Foundation is very pleased to announce three scholarships were awarded for 2019 from the Shannon Burwash Memorial Awards for Equine and Agricultural Studies. Qualified students from across Canada applied by June 1, 2019 for these scholarships, which were allocated as below:

Dr. Burwash said, "Again this year, we were extremely impressed with all of the scholarship applicants, the fifth year that The Calgary Foundation has awarded the scholarships since Shannon's passing in 2013.

Since 2016 there have been two categories of scholarships. The Encouragement category is for first or second year students (2 - $1,000 awards). Visit this link for more information. The Leadership category is for students advancing past their second year of studies ($2,000 award). Visit this link for more information:

 2019 Anna Henderson $2,000 Leadership Award to Anna Henderson

Anna Henderson was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She graduated from the University of Winnipeg with her four-year honours in Chemistry. After completion of her B.Sc, she began her masters in Chemistry at The University of Alberta in Edmonton. Anna was recognized by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) with an award during her first year of studies and also for what would have been her third year of studies in the amounts of $17,500 and $105,000 respectively. As well, Anna won the Alberta Innovates Technology Futures Scholarship in the amount of $26,500 in her second year. However, Anna realized her true passion was working with animals and was accepted into the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) in 2017.

Anna wishes to return to Manitoba to practice equine medicine and surgery and hopes to bring her excellent research abilities to contribute to the field of equine research. She enjoys working with horses because she admires their athleticism, unique physiology, and the level of surgical care provided to these animals. In addition to her academic achievements, Anna was the Let's Talk Nanoscience coordinator for the University of Alberta Let's Talk Science site. Let's Talk Science is a national science outreach program for children. She has continued public outreach at the WCVM this time focusing more on equine health. In her spare time Anna enjoys participating in fun runs and trained for a half marathon. She also enjoys wall climbing, ultimate frisbee, and basketball.

2019 Louise Caplan

$1,000 Encouragement Award to Louise Caplan

Louise Caplan has lived in Alberta for most of her life, was introduced to horses early on and has
been involved in the equine community ever since. Over time, they have become such a special and significant part of her that she could never imagine a life without them. The majority of her free time is spent with horses, either show jumping or working as a stable hand. Although Louise loves all equinesports, show jumping holds a special place in her heart. During the summers, Louise works as a camp instructor for week-long riding camps.

This year, she will begin her first year at the University of Calgary to study cellular, molecular and microbial biology. Upon completion of this program, Louise plans to apply for Veterinary school. She is particularly interested in the equine sports medicine and cardiology fields. Equine veterinary medicine has been her career goal for as long as she can remember as it perfectly combines her love for animals and science. Moreover, Louise volunteers at 17th Avenue animal hospital in order to gain more knowledge and practice.

In addition, Louis has spent hundreds of hours volunteering at different barns in Canada and Europe to gain experience handling horses and learning from people in the horse industry. She is persistent and determined to achieve her dream as she feels extremely lucky to have the opportunity to pursue her passion as a career.

$1,000 Leadership Award to Sierra Sayles

2019 Sierra SaylesSierra Sayles is 17 and lives in Calgary, Alberta. Recently, she was chosen as a recipient of one of the Shannon Burwash Memorial Awards for Encouragement in Equine & Agricultural Studies, which will help her towards reaching her goal of attending post-secondary school, She recently graduated from Lord Beaverbrook High School, and will head to the University of Alberta in the fall for a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. Her undergraduate studies will focus on Animal Science, and she plans to complete a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine following her Bachelor's degree.

With seven years of experience being a professional trick-rider, practical farm work, and her job at a pet store, Sierra hopes she will be able to better perform in the future as a practising veterinarian.

Shannon Burwash was a leader and a lover of the horse industry across Canada. To honour her legacy, these three 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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