Tyler Dow will now have up to $10,000 of his education paid for as he works toward a diploma in Lethbridge College's Digital Communications Media program.
The winner of the inaugural Ashcroft: Giving Back scholarship contest, presented by Lethbridge College, was announced on Wednesday morning. Tyler Dow will have up to $10,000 of his education paid for. In January, he will begin working towards A Digital Media and Communications diploma.
The Ashcroft - Giving Back scholarship contest is the latest phase of a multi-faceted partnership between Ashcroft Master Builder and the college. The contest was open to anyone, with a focus on giving the gift of education to someone who would otherwise not be able to pursue it.
“Winning the Ashcroft contest is the opportunity I need to restart my life and start realizing my dreams,” says Dow. He dropped out of high school at 16 after spending his childhood constantly moving around. He says a battle with depression caused him to quit school and enter the workforce at a young age.
“Before I entered the contest I knew that I needed to make a drastic and positive change, as the life I was living was not going to get me anywhere,” he continues. “I knew I had the ambition to go far if I just applied myself. I have had the dream of being a photojournalist for many years, and I knew if I had the opportunity to right the many wrongs of my life, I could realize that dream and reach my fullest potential.”
“We wanted to give back in a way that actually changes lives,” says Rodrigo Esparza, Ashcroft Master Builder general manager and partner. “Tyler was the exact sort of person that we wanted to help. He has drive, ambition and talent, but had barriers in the way of pursuing his education. We hope we have removed those barriers, and we are so excited to see where he goes from here.”
“It is incredible when industry takes the lead and decides to make a difference in the educational lives of our students,” says Dr. Paula Burns, Lethbridge College President and CEO. “This is a truly unique partnership with Ashcroft that puts students first and shows what can be achieved when we all think outside of the box.”
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