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Since 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 $600,000 to local students.

Since 2012, RAYS has awarded scholarships and awards of merit to 33 students attending university programs. Eighteen students have graduated and are pursuing careers or postgraduate programs. RAYS has also awarded bursaries to 71 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 65 donors.

IN 2023, RAYS has awarded 3 Scholarship awards to university bound students, 3 Award of Merit awards and 4 Bursaries. Overall, in 2023, RAYS donors are supporting a total of 13 local area students with scholarships, three students with Awards of Merit, and 17 with bursaries. The Bursary Committee is working with several other students who are pursuing various requirements to enter post-secondary trade or apprenticeship programs throughout this 2023-2024 academic year.