Karaleen Spady of Alliance, Ab. is one of four students to be awarded the prestigious Bill Kehler Memorial Scholarships in the dirt at the 43rd Canadian Finals Rodeo on Sat. Nov. 12.
Scholarships of $2,500 were awarded to each of the students pursuing an education in broadcasting or agriculture:
Spady is studying public relations at the Faculty of Communications Studies, Mount Royal University.
Other winners, all studying at the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences at Lakeland College were Nicole Fossheim of Yellowhead County, Ab. studying Agribusiness; Hailey Tonn of Plumas, Mb. studying Animal Health Technology and Brooke Martine of Nanton, Ab. studying Agribusiness.
“These four outstanding students are the next generation of community leaders,” said Laura Gadowsky, Chair, Edmonton Rodeo Cowboy’s Benevolent Foundation.
“The Bill Kehler Memorial Scholarship is a proud partnership between Northlands and the Edmonton Rodeo Cowboy’s Benevolent Foundation that supports and encourages the future of agriculture and rodeo”
The Bill Kehler Memorial Scholarship was established in 2003 by Edmonton Rodeo Cowboy’s Benevolent Foundation and Northlands in honour of Bill Kehler.
Known as the voice of Canadian Finals Rodeo, Spruce Meadows and the Calgary Stampede, Kehler demonstrated a life-long commitment to rodeo, broadcasting and the agriculture industry.
About the Bill Kehler Memorial Scholarship
The Bill Kehler Memorial Scholarship of $2,500 is awarded to up to four recipients each year who are pursuing post-secondary education and who demonstrate an interest in agriculture, rodeo or broadcasting. Students must submit an academic essay detailing their future academic and career goals, the course of study, institution chosen and outline any steps taken to achieve these goals , including volunteer work, paid positions and other awards received.
The essay must also reflect how the applicant will be a good ambassador for Bill Kehler’s legacy.