Alberta Club News: Scholarships available

by Darrell Scheers

The Alberta Beach Snowmobile Club gets ready for a ride.
The Alberta Beach Snowmobile Club gets ready for a ride.

Good day, fellow snowmobilers. For those who do not know, the ASA is a member of the Canadian Council of Snowmobile Organizations and the Western Chapter of the International Snowmobile Council (ISC). Every year, the Alberta Snowmobile Association is pleased to announce two scholarship programs that are available to ASA trail pass members.

The ASA offers a $2,000 scholarship, and the winner will be entered into the Western Chapter of the International Snowmobile Council Scholarship, also a $2,000 scholarship. These will be awarded to either a graduating senior from high school or a person who is currently enrolled in college. This will be given to the winner regardless of other grants or scholarships that the student might also receive.

The winner of last year’s ASA scholarship was Jenee Labrecque. Her essay was then entered into the Western Chapter Scholarship and, unfortunately, there were other entries that captured the requirements better than our entry. At the ISC in Michigan last June, the winners of the Western Chapter Scholarship were shared with our Western Chapter rep. Congratulations to first-place winner Ryan Mead of Washington and second-place winner Kendra Morrison of Wyoming. Both entries were comprehensive works that showed an amazing amount of thought and fact-gathering ability.

To qualify for either program, the following criteria must be met:

1. The applicant must be a trail pass member of the Alberta Snowmobile Association as of January 1 of that scholarship year
2. The applicant must submit with the scholarship paper: a cover letter, a resumé including extracurricular activities, a summary of his/her involvement in snowmobiling including trail pass number and a transcript of his/her grade point average
3. The applicant must include a paper on the subject identified below, following these guidelines:  The essay must be a minimum of two typed pages, double-spaced using
initial caps, Arial, font size 10 and the align -ment should be justified. Keep in mind that a well-researched, comprehensive essay will undoubtedly be significantly longer, and we certainly encourage that.
4. All tasks on this application must be completed or it will be rejected.
5. The application must be received at the ASA by March 30, 2020.

Essays will be judged on depth of content, clarity, organization and persuasiveness.

Essay Topic: Partnerships are a must in the snowmobile world! The more partners we have in our industry, the more successful we will be in every challenge we are faced with. Co-operative partnerships can be made at a local, state, provincial or even national level. It is better to have partners than opponents.

Essay Challenge: In your own words:

1. Why are partnerships so important to the Alberta Snowmobile Association?
2. Who are some of your current partners of the Alberta Snowmobile Association?
3. How are those partnerships working for the Alberta Snowmobile Association?
4. Share with us your thoughts of how and where we can go to find and develop new partnerships to further the cause of snowmobiling.

For more information regarding this scholarship or to find out about past entries, please contact the ASA office.

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