Abbotsford Fish and Game Club is proud to offer our 2023 Post Secondary Scholarship Funds to the following recipients to encourage academic excellence and the pursuit of higher education among the membership.

3 scholarships were awarded this year for first year applicants at a value of $4,000 each and 6 students from previous years are continuing their education for scholarship amounts of $4,000 each.

New Recipients

Paige Christensen – UBC

I am grateful to the AFGC for supporting my post-secondary studies at UBC with this amazing scholarship. The AFGC means a lot to me as it has strengthened my bond with my dad and assisted in my personal growth. Through being a member, I have learned the importance of discipline and self-confidence. These are two values that I know will help me succeed in University.

This fall I will begin studying a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at UBC with my long-term goal of getting my Masters in Counselling. I plan on becoming a children’s psychologist. The cost of studying at UBC as well as living on campus in Vancouver is very expensive. This generous scholarship will help tremendously with these costs and allow me to focus on my studies full time. Thank you to the AFGC for this incredible opportunity!

Ashton Morrison – SFU

Hello, my name is Ashton Morrison, I just graduated from Brookswood Secondary School, and I’m going to SFU for a Bachelor’s in Computing Science.

I would like to thank AFGC for granting me the opportunity to pursue post-secondary education. It would have been difficult otherwise to gather the money needed for my degree. With this scholarship, I can easily transition into university without having to worry about working extra hours or taking out student loans. I’m positive I’ll see better results in my learning because of the generosity of the AFGC.

Thank you again for this opportunity, and good luck to all the other winners with their studies!

Von Pitzel – UBCO

Hello my name is Von Pitzel and I recently graduated from W.J. Mouat Secondary school. I would like to thank the committee and the Abbotsford Fish and Game Club members for selecting me to receive this scholarship. The money will alleviate much financial stress and burden as I pursue my higher education. I have always enjoyed spending time with my family and meeting new people at the club.

I will be attending UBCO in the fall working towards a degree in electrical engineering. I decided at a young age that I wanted to study engineering because I love learning how things work and effect our world. I am very excited to live on campus and participate in university life.

I am extremely grateful and honoured to be chosen for this scholarship.

Scholarship Renewals

Jacob Badalucco – UBC (3rd Year)

I have recently completed my second year at UBC and am soon going into my third year.

I would like to sincerely thank the AFGC for providing me with the scholarship funding for last year’s studies. The funding gave me the ability to focus strictly on my studies without any serious concern over how I would pay for my schooling. I strongly believe this helped me to achieve better results throughout all of my courses which will in turn help set me up for success in the near future.

Thanks to the AFGC, I can now confidently proceed to the next level in my academic career.

Lauryn Fraser – UBC (3rd Year)

I am entering my third year at the University of British Columbia, where I am pursuing a combined major in chemistry and oceanography. My second year proved to be quite challenging as I took on a dense course load, including multiple chemistry labs per week. However, it was also a year filled with intriguing courses.

This summer, I have the opportunity to work in a lab studying duckweed, which allows me to apply my interest in aquatic plants in a real-life setting. After completing my third year, I plan to work full-time in the UBC Science Co-op program to gain valuable work experience before I graduate. 

I am immensely grateful to the Abbotsford Fish and Game Club for their generous scholarship, without which none of this would be possible. I extend my heartfelt thanks to the club and everyone involved for this incredible opportunity. 

Sophia Hodges – UFV (4th Year)

This past year of schooling at UFV has been a challenge (as always!) but I am proud to be entering my fourth and final year of the Bachelor of Arts program. I have a declared major in psychology and I will be declaring a minor in criminal justice so that I can enter the field of forensic psychology. This career path is incredibly interesting and I cannot wait to see where it takes me!

Through this year, I have been lucky enough to continue teaching dance and art classes at a local arts school, which I have always found incredibly rewarding and something that I am passionate about outside of school. I have continued to develop my own artistic skills, and I will be forever grateful to the AFGC for providing me the support to make that happen.

This is my fourth year receiving the AFGC scholarship, and words cannot express how grateful I am to the club and its members for making my post-secondary goals a reality as a result of this amazingly supportive scholarship. Not many people are as lucky as I am to receive the financial support that has taken immense weight off of my family and my own shoulders. Thank you to the AFGC for their continued support of students in our community, and I wish the best of luck to all current and future scholarship recipients!

Ava Van Santen – TWU (2nd Year)

I have completed my first year of studies as a Psychology major at Trinity Western University. I am so grateful to have been a 2022 recipient of the AFGC scholarship as it helped alleviate the financial stress of tuition and other university expenses, allowing me more time to focus on my studies and being a student athlete instead of working.

I was able to maintain an excellent GPA while balancing being a member of TWU Women’s Rugby with all the extra hours of training, practice and travel involved. At the end of our season, I was named a U Sports Can West 2nd Team All-Star and the TWU Women’s Rugby Rookie of the Year. I was also able to devote time volunteering as the assistant coach of the senior girls rugby team at my former high school. It was such a privilege to be a mentor and lead others as well as pass on my rugby passion and skills.

I was fortunate enough to fundraise my expenses and spend 10 days serving in Paraguay in May with an organization called TeamUp. There I was able to give back through helping to build a house for a single mother of 4 children, participate in constructing a community sports field and deliver rugby clinics to impoverished youth who lack access to organized sports. It was a life changing and incredibly rewarding experience.

This summer I will be pursuing provincial and national rugby opportunities as a member of the U19 BC Bears and an invited participant in the Canada U20 Women’s Final Selection Camp. These experiences would not be possible with the requirement of full-time work. I am excited to begin my second year of university and I am so thankful for the support of the Abbotsford Fish and Game Club in helping me pursue my academic and athletic goals.

Gabe O’Sullivan – UFV (2nd Year)

I just completed my first year of university at UFV. The financial support from the Fish and Game Club community has given me the freedom to focus on my studies and maximize my achievement. Thank you for this continued opportunity!

I started my studies in Business and am now shifting my focus toward a Bachelor of Media Arts. It suits my interests well, which include film, movie making, digital arts, and photography.

The time I have spent in the AFGC, specifically in archery, has allowed me to understand the skill of setting your sights on something and achieving it. I continue to use these skills at school and in my personal life. Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I started the summer with an afternoon kayak trip in Whistler (as pictured) where I enjoyed the beautiful landscape (and a couple of bears!).

Thank you so much for this opportunity.

Avery Wong – UBC (3rd Year)

Hi, my name is Avery Wong and I’ll be entering my third year at UBC, studying Engineering Physics. My latest year of school proved to be just as difficult as my first, haven taken courses in mechanical, electrical, and computer engineering in addition to a handful of math and physics courses. Although the academic courses have been enjoyable, the highlights of the past school year were my first co-op position where I was able to gain practical engineering experience, and a group project course where I helped build a fully autonomous robot.

Although I have not been as active in the shooting community this season, AFGC has still remained a home for me to practice my firearms skills in my spare time, with IPSC practice nights and Steel Challenge shoots. To add, the AFGC scholarship has provided me with the resources to continue pursuing my passion for sports shooting, allowing me to solely focus on the sport outside of school time. Without the scholarship, it would be incredibly difficult to keep up with the costs of competing and would take away from my time in school.

As I continue my degree, the AFGC scholarship will continue to allow me to focus on school while still competing in IPSC competition, which is why I am incredibly grateful for the support from AFGC.

Congratulations! We wish you all success in your studies and years to come!

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