Attending the presentation on Oct. 6 were (back left to right) Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke MPP John Yakabuski; Chief Warrant Officer Bill Richards, Board of Trustees, “A Soldier’s Hero”; Caroline Matthews, PO2 (Ret’d), Veteran Support Coordinator, “Veteran Friendly Transition Program”; Rima Aristocrat, President and CEO Willis College and Founder of the “Veteran Friendly Transition Program”; Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke Member of Parliament Cheryl Gallant; Claudia Beswick, Executive Director of the Petawawa Military Family Resource Centre, Board of Trustees, “A Soldier’s Hero”; 4th Canadian Division Support Group (4 CDSG) Formation Sergeant Major Chief Warrant Officer Tom Verner, 4 CDSG Commander Colonel Louis Lapointe; Cpl McElroy, Erin’s husband; (seated in front) Joan Bray, the namesake of the Veteran Learning Centre opened in Arnprior on Sept. 22, 2017; and Erin McElroy, the 2017 recipient of the “A Soldiers Hero” Scholarship.

Willis College presents 2017 “A Soldier’s Hero” Scholarship


Posted on Thursday, October 26, 2017

In 2016 as a part of its 150th anniversary celebrations, Willis College created A Soldier’s Hero: a scholarship program for Canadian military spouses. This was undertaken to recognize the significant role played by military spouses in supporting our troops at home and abroad, and further empower them through education as they integrate back into the labour market. The Scholarship carries a total value, of $150,000 – or up to $25,000 each. The Scholarship provides tuition, books, industry certifications and use of labs at Willis College. The Board of Trustees looks for candidates with proven intellectual and academic ability, integrity of character, respect for fellow human beings, appreciation for education, and initiative to use their talents to the fullest. This year’s recipient, Erin McElroy, was chosen based on her application and her desire to give back to her military community. She will be taking the “Addictions & Community Service Worker” Diploma program at the Arnprior campus of Willis College. In her short speech, she promised all in attendance upon graduation that she will use her diploma and new skills to help those in her community in need of support.