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G. Louise Hessian Renewable Entrance Scholarship
Maximum Amount: $2,000
Application Form: Application Form
Deadline: 01-Mar
Occasion: Entrance
Process: Selected by the UPEI Scholarship Committee on Scholarships and Awards
Scholarship Type: Award
Description: Granted to a student entering their first undergraduate degree program from a secondary school who is in financial need and has demonstrated good academic standing during their high school education. If there are two equally qualifying candidates, financial need will take precedence. Pending successful completion of the first year of study, this scholarship will be renewable for each subsequent year of the student's enrollment at UPEI for a maximum total of four years. If for any reason the successful candidate should discontinue studies at UPEI, and therefore lose eligibility for renewal of this scholarship, another candidate - entering the same year of study that the original recipient would have been entering - will be chosen.
Background: The Hessian family was originally from Georgetown. Louise's father, James Hessian, an engineer for CN Railways, was killed in the 1932 Tignish train wreck, now noted by a historical plaque on the Confederation Trail. Her mother, the former Eda Prowse, believed strongly in education and moved the family of four children to Charlottetown after James passed away to take advantage of better schools. All four children, including Louise, attended St. Dunstan's University (SDU). Louise earned a diploma in special education, spent 44 years teaching in the Charlottetown school system and spent time teaching abroad which she enjoyed immensely. Louise was also one of the consistent family members who represented Hessian and Quinn families at the annual Faculty Recognition Night where the Hessian Awards, established by her nephew Kevin, are presented. In the past several years, Louise has spent her days at Geneva Villa. She has been an avid bridge player and enjoyed visits from family and friends. She has established this scholarship in her lifetime to benefit incoming UPEI students.
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