The Anne Beaty Memorial Scholarship is now open for students in the Rocky View area pursuing a post-secondary education in journalism or communications.
The scholarship honouring Anne Beaty, a lifelong writer and mentor for many of her peers, will award $1,000 to one local student every year.
Beaty worked for the Airdrie Public Library and a number of local media outlets, including airdrielife magazine as the publication’s editor for six years.
“I was thrilled that she wanted to work for us,” publisher Sherry Shaw-Froggatt said. “She did some freelance stuff for a year, but then it became very apparent to me that I could really use her voice and judgement and her experience. She really raised the bar for us as a publication.”
After Beaty passed away suddenly last fall, Shaw-Froggatt said she realized she needed to keep her friend’s impactful legacy alive in the community she loved dearly.
“I really felt I needed to do something that honoured her spirit and her commitment to the art of communications,” she said.
The scholarship fund of $6,000 officially launched July 14. While family, friends and peers donated the majority of the money, TD Canada Trust also donated $1,000 in support of the scholarship.
While applicants must demonstrate academic achievement, community involvement and leadership skills, they also have to be committed to their passion.
“We’re looking for someone who is a well-rounded individual,” Shaw-Froggatt said. “They have a passion for communications, but also a desire and a passion for the community and the environment that they are living in.”
Applications can be submitted until Sept. 30 at airdrielife.com/local_life/anne-beaty-scholarship/
The Anne Beaty Memorial Scholarship recipient will be notified in October.
“Words were her world,” Shaw-Froggatt said. “This is a way to continue to allow others to live in that world.”
Donations to the scholarship can be made through TD Canada Trust.