Syd Chatwood Honoured with Memorial Scholarship

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By Cecilia Nasmith/Today’s Northumberland
A new $1,000 scholarship in honour of Syd Chatwood is seen by Beyond the Blue Box as a wonderful way to express their dedication to inclusivity, including those with developmental disabilities.

The news was announced June 25 at a gathering of Syd’s best friends at the Cobourg reuse-and-recycle story on Covert Street. He had been a valued and beloved volunteer at the story until his sudden death in January at age 32. The store closed for several days, not only out of respect, but because everyone was so shaken.

Executive Director Jane Hawthorne said at the time that a gathering in his honour would be held later in the year, and June 25 was the day. They closed the store in his honour again, and welcomed about 150 to remember and share their favourite stories – and among those attending was Molly, his favourite dog.

“It couldn’t have been more perfect,” Hawthorne said.

And topping it all off was the announcement of the scholarship.

The Beyond the Blue Box website noted that Syd promoted diversity, equity and inclusiveness for all, and they were proud to announce a scholarship in his memory that represented his approach to life.

It will be handed out Oct. 15, which is Sid’s birthday, Hawthorne said.

Criteria

An individual who has dedicated time and energy to creating a safe and inclusive environment for all people who face challenges due to developmental disabilities

Has raised awareness for the importance and need for diversity, equity and inclusion to peer groups by demonstrating an active role in the lives of people with developmental disabilities

Has served as an advocate and supported people with developmental disabilities locally or beyond

Has advocated for the rights and needs of people with developmental disabilities and has demonstrated a commitment to improving their lives

 

Eligibility Guidelines

Must be enrolled in an accredited post-secondary institution or trade program

Must have attended a secondary school in Northumberland County prior to scholarship application deadline

 

Requirements

Two references, professional or personal, including contact information (non-fammilial references)

Confirmation of acceptance to an accredited post-secondary institution or trade program (examples: letter of acceptance, receipt of paid tuition, transcript, letter of enrolment, course schedule)

Confirmation of secondary-school attendance in Northumberland County

 

Letter of Reflection
This additional requirement must be submitted by the scholarship application deadline. It should be about 250 words long and include answers and reflections to the following questions

What is an attribute or accomplishment that sets you apart and demonstrates strength and character

How does this meaningful achievement relate to your field of study and goals for the future

What does “inclusiveness” mean to you, and why do you believe you are the right candidate for this scholarship

This information can be found on the Beyond the Blue Box website, and interested applicants can submit their information to bluebox@eagle.ca with the subject line Syd Chatwood Memorial Scholarship for Inclusion

Cecilia Nasmith
Author: Cecilia Nasmith

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