Saskatoon resident Shaylee Rosnes, one of two recipients of the 2019 LA Charities Scholarship. In this article Nigel shares his story and the impact the scholarship and support from Spinal Cord Injury Saskatchewan has had on his post secondary education and future plans and goals.
As a recipient of the 2019 SCI Sask LA Charities Post-Secondary Education Scholarship I write this article to express what this means to me; it means a lot and is important to a few areas of my life.
Firstly, the scholarship is a big help for me financially. Once school starts back up after summer break, I’ve always got far too many things on my mind. I end up hitting the ground running trying to organize my life around classes, assignments, work (a new addition) and friends. Add to that the fact that I live with a disability that requires me to find room to prioritize my health somewhere in there and things get interesting. I always find a way to make it work, but anything that can be taken off of my plate is greatly appreciated. Thanks to the SCI Sask LA Charities scholarship, tuition is no longer a worry of mine. I can just focus on giving my all to my studies (and everything else I do) without wondering where the money to pay my tuition costs is going to come from.
Now, financial help is one thing, but the meaning behind this scholarship goes deeper than that for me. By awarding me this scholarship, SCI Sask and LA Charities are saying that they recognize my potential. They understand that having a disability is difficult, but they also see all my effort to move past it and contribute to society in a meaningful way by studying social work. My body doesn’t function normally so I put in double the effort for the same amount of payoff. Much of the time, that doesn’t get noticed. I don’t even really acknowledge it because I am so used to it. The scholarship is a nice reminder that all of the work I put in each day is seen and appreciated.
Thanks to the SCI Sask LA Charities scholarship, tuition is no longer a worry of mine. I can just focus on giving my all to my studies (and everything else I do) without wondering where the money to pay my tuition costs is going to come from.Shaylee Rosnes
Thank you to Chris Letts and Andrew Arguin, and the LA Charities Golf Tournament for providing funds to the LA Charity Scholarship. For more information about the LA Charities Tournament and future LA Charities Scholarship opportunities here.