Lucy Brain and Grace Augustinowicz, both enrolled in Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s new bachelor of science in sustainable agriculture program, are the first recipients of the Mary Hartwell Memorial Scholarships awarded for $2,500 each.
The awards were given last month at the White Rock Farmers’ Market by David Hawkins, husband of the late Mary Hartwell.
“As an enthusiastic, burgeoning, urban farmer, I’m thrilled and grateful that scholarships such as the Mary Hartwell Memorial Fund exist to support those of us striving to make a difference in the health and sustainability of our communities and their citizens,” said Brain. “Through my studies I am excited to participate in the movement that is bringing food production to the forefront of community life.”
“We are extremely pleased and honoured that two students enrolled in our new sustainable agriculture degree program have been awarded Mary Hartwell Scholarships,” said Kent Mullinix, director, sustainable agriculture and food security, Kwantlen Polytechnic University.
The Mary Hartwell Scholarship Fund was created in memory of Mary Hartwell, a director and passionate supporter of the White Rock Farmers’ Market Society and its vendors. The scholarship is open to students who have, or will have, completed high school, and who plan to take courses leading to a career in health, nutrition and/or organic farming.