Lakeland’s student awards program reaches new milestone

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March 16, 2017
Close to $1.5 million in awards, scholarships, and bursaries will be distributed to Lakeland College students by the end of the 2016-2017 academic year
Generous donor support, including seven new donors, will see more than 1,500 students benefit from the student awards program this year. To thank donors for their support and congratulate recipients on their achievements, Lakeland College hosted donor celebration ceremonies in Lloydminster on March 8 and Vermilion on March 14.

“At Lakeland, student leadership is at the heart of what we do. But we don’t achieve that on our own. For more than 100 years, we’ve partnered with incredible donors to make sure our students have a brighter future,” says Alice Wainwright-Stewart, president of Lakeland College. “For every donor we are proud to thank, there is a unique reason that inspires them to help Lakeland students excel and take the lead.”

For Delia Morgan-Tetz, Class of 2002 and 2007, giving back to Lakeland students is how she “pays it forward.” At the age of 22, Morgan-Tetz enrolled at Lakeland College to achieve her goal of pursuing a career in business to provide for her three-year-old daughter. She completed the marketing, advanced business administration and university transfer programs. Morgan-Tetz also worked for Lakeland’s development department, where she learned how significant donations are to both students and post-secondary institutions.Student award receipients express thanks

“Funding from the government only goes so far, which is why donor support is so important. As donors, we believe in you and your passion, and want to pay it forward,” Morgan-Tetz said during the Lloydminster campus donor appreciation celebration. “You too can pay it forward someday and impact the life of another, like your life has been impacted by a donor today. For me it is important to give back to an experience that changed my life.”

Today, Morgan-Tetz is the marketing coordinator for Agland Lloydminster and serves on one of Lakeland’s advisory committees. She created the Walking by Faith – Morgan-Tetz Family award in 2013, which is available to any student enrolled in a business administration program who shows determination in the face of adversity and academic achievement. Last year, she and several of her former classmates established the Phil Allen Memorial Scholarship as well. 

“It’s an honor and privilege to give back,” says Morgan-Tetz. 

Thanking donors for their outstanding support during the Vermilion campus donor celebration was Casey Finstad, a third-year agricultural sciences student. Finstad completed the western ranch and cow horse program in 2014-15 and then returned in fall 2015 to take the animal science technology program.

alumni congratulate Tiaya Paylor“As students at Lakeland College, our education is not limited to our courses and classroom studies. We are taught to be leaders, innovators, and high achievers,” said Finstad during her address. “The college instructors and staff have instilled these qualities in us since we first stepped foot at this college, and they have become second nature for many of us.”

Finstad’s involvement in her program and campus life are extensive. She is the general manager of Lakeland’s first Student-Managed Farm – Powered by New Holland livestock research team. She is also a member of the Rustlers rowing team and is the finance officer for the Vermilion campus Students’ Association. 

For her academic and student leadership achievements, Finstad was recognized with multiple awards, including the ARAMARK Canada Ltd. Award, Centennial President’s Leadership Award and Centennial Agricultural Sciences Achievement Award. 

“I am proud to be a Lakeland College student,” she says. “In my three years of studies here I have been pushed out of my comfort zone to become who I am today. I have been honored with these leadership opportunities. One of the greatest lessons I have learned is that one of the most important parts of being a leader is also being a team player.”

During the campus celebrations, a total of 1,033 students were recognized with awards, scholarships and bursaries valued at $1,155,891. Another 503 students benefited from the Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship program, which distributed $251,254 in scholarships to eligible Saskatchewan grads attending Lakeland. And there are still more awards to be presented to students before the end of the 2016-17 academic year that will bring Lakeland’s student awards program total close to $1.5 million.

Ten years ago – in the 2006-2007 academic year – the total value of Lakeland’s awards program was $468,089.Josie van Lent congratulates Casey Finstad

Photos from the Vermilion and Lloydminster campus ceremonies are available to download from Lakeland’s Awards 2017 Flickr collection.

Photos: Top, student-award recipients expressed their thanks to the many donors who generously support their educational goals following the Lloydminster campus donor celebration ceremony. Middle, Kagan Kneen, Class of 2006 and 2008 (left) and Delia Morgan-Tetz, Class of 2002 and 2007 (right), congratulate Taiya Paylor for receiving the Phil Allen Memorial Scholarship. Bottom, Josie Van Lent, dean of agricultural sciences (left), congratulates multi-award winner Casey Finstad (right) following the Vermilion campus donor celebration ceremony. For links to photos and more, go to the Lakeland Awards Celebration page.