RAYS launched in 2008, as Ray’s Place, providing summer jobs for local youth. RAYS, Resources for Area Youth Success, has evolved into a program providing scholarships and bursaries to eligible, graduating high school students pursuing post-secondary education.
The first scholarship was awarded in 2012. Since then RAYS has contributed over $350,000 to local students.
As of December 2019, we have awarded scholarships to 21 students attending university programs. Eight students have graduated and are fulfilling their goals. We have awarded bursaries to 34 students, supporting them in attending community college, trade school or apprentice programs.
Some 30 volunteers have given of their time and talents as mentors, committee and board members.
We are supported by more than 40 donors.
For 2020, we will be awarding three university scholarships and up to 12 bursaries for students planning to attend community college, trade school or apprenticeship programs, in addition to providing in-school seminars and workshops to help students prepare for their careers as well as mentoring throughout their post-secondary studies.