The family of Neil Muth and Columbia Basin Trust have established a new scholarship for people who have triumphed over adversity and want to pursue post-secondary education.
The Neil Muth Memorial Scholarship honours Neil Muth, the Trust’s president and chief executive officer from 2005 through 2016, who passed away last November. Neil valued and supported perseverance and continuous learning. He encouraged his children, staff and others to be curious, to seek their own path, and to never give up.
“We want to express our heartfelt thanks to everyone who contributed to the scholarship fund,” Cathy Muth, Neil’s wife, said in a statement announcing the scholarship. “Our goal is to honour Neil’s passion for life-long learning, and the generous donations made by everyone has made this a reality—thank you.”
The scholarship is awarded by the Muth family, administered by Columbia Basin Trust and made possible by the generous donations of family, friends, local governments and organizations. There will be $10,000 available to support two to four applicants this year.
“Neil was a friend, a mentor and a leader, and he inspired us all to strive for excellence,” said CBT President and CEO Johnny Strilaeff. “This scholarship will be awarded to people who are determined to pursue their goals and have overcome or face adversity or barriers. This is an opportunity for someone to demonstrate their individual determination, future goals and self-motivation—all traits that a person needs to be successful.”
Anyone who has graduated or will be graduating from a secondary school, alternate school or other institution that grants Ministry of Education-recognized graduation diplomas in the Columbia Basin or Grand Forks is eligible to apply. Applicants must plan to enter or continue full-time studies at a Canadian recognized post-secondary institution.
For details on the scholarship eligibility and application process, visit www.ourtrust.org/scholarship. The deadline for applications is April 20, 2017.
Donations to the scholarship fund are still welcome and can be made to: CIBC account 05070/45-51311 c/o Columbia Basin Trust.