Doris MacPherson Caseley Memorial Scholarship Established

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Island high school students entering the Bachelor of Arts program at the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) this fall will have access to a new award. Through an endowment of $50,000, this perpetual award has been created as a tribute to the memory of Doris MacPherson Caseley, formerly of Kelvin Grove.

Her family believes that assisting someone to obtain an education is an ideal way to honour their mother who always stressed its importance. She inherited the high value she placed on education from her paternal grandmother, a school teacher in the 1880s when rural female teachers were a rarity. Doris MacPherson Caseley passed away in August 2004.

"Creating an award in our mother's name recognizes her beautiful character and her conviction that young people should be encouraged to reach their full potential," says Doris MacPherson Caseley's daughter, Sheila Caseley.

Dr. Richard Kurial, Dean of Arts at UPEI, is delighted with the new scholarship. "To have a legacy that captures and expresses a life-long commitment to learning, and the joys inherent therein, is truly a great gift. We at UPEI are very grateful for this wonderful scholarship."

The first Doris MacPherson Caseley Memorial Scholarship of $2,500 will be awarded in June 2005 to a PEI high school student entering the Bachelor of Arts program at UPEI with sound academic standing and financial need. Applications are available through guidance counsellors or the UPEI Registrar's Office at 566-0358. The deadline is April 30, 2005.


Anne McCallum
Media Relations and Communications