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County of Simcoe supports local students through the 2023 Bursary program


Midhurst/November 07, 2023 – The County of Simcoe is supporting 21 local students through the Student Bursary program. Each student will receive a $3,000 bursary towards their post-secondary studies.

"The County is pleased to once again partner with our lower-tier municipalities and Georgian College to offer Simcoe County students financial support," said Warden Basil Clarke. “County Council is focused on building up our communities and supporting our residents, including helping to grow our future labour force. On behalf of County Council, I want to congratulate each of this year's winners and wish them the best of luck in their studies."

This year, the County partnered with all 16 member municipalities to offer 16 bursaries that are jointly funded ($2,000 from the County, $1,000 from the member municipality). The County received a record number of applications, which were anonymized and independently reviewed by members of the Bursary Committee. Congratulations to:

  • Haley Lundy, Township of Adjala-Tosorontio
  • Michaela Warman, Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury
  • Justin Rowbotham, Township of Clearview
  • Taylor Mather, Town of Collingwood
  • Julia Mancuso, Township of Essa
  • Briar Cryderman, Town of Innisfil
  • Audrey Gignac, Town of Midland
  • Demarco Smith, Township of New Tecumseth
  • Colleen McElroy, Township of Oro-Medonte
  • Alexa Weatherell, Town of Penetanguishene
  • Franchi Torchia, Township of Ramara
  • Abigail Austin, Township of Severn
  • Katy Fairbairn, Township of Springwater
  • Patricia Roussel, Township of Tay
  • Chloe Eakley, Township of Tiny
  • Dana Cogswell, Town of Wasaga Beach

In addition, the County is providing five bursaries that are fully funded by the County. Congratulations to:

  • Emma Robitaille, Town of Midland
  • Sydney Bosse, Township of New Tecumseth
  • Keith Greenhalgh, Township of Oro-Medonte
  • Emma Wilson, Township of Springwater
  • Renee Ferlito, Township of Tay

The County has once again partnered with Georgian College, and students who are enrolled with them are also receiving an additional $1,500 in financial assistance provided by Georgian College.

“With four of our seven campuses located within the County of Simcoe, we know a significant portion of our student population comes from this region," said Nene Brode, Manager, Financial Aid and Awards, Georgian College. “We're excited to partner with the County again to offer students further financial assistance to study and start their careers right here close to home."

The application process for the Student Bursary program typically opens in the spring. The program is promoted through various channels. Students looking for financial support in 2024 are advised to visit the simcoe.ca/studentbursary webpage.

About the County of Simcoe
County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at simcoe.ca.

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Chris Hedley
Public Relations Consultant
County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Department
705-715-7654 (mobile)

Collin Matanowitsch
Manager, Public Relations
County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Department
705-734-8386 (mobile)