The Chateauguay Valley Regional High School (CVR) Educational Foundation has been helping students access higher education since 1985. The Foundation has continued to increase the various awards, bursaries, and scholarships that it gives out to each graduating class. This year, it officially gave out its millionth dollar.
The impact that the Foundation has on students’ lives is massive. Leaving high school and exploring post-secondary education does not come without financial stress for most. From tuition to books to class materials, there are plenty of expenses before even stepping into a classroom. A CVR Class of 2015 graduate, Sophie Patenaude, explains: “The CVR Education Foundation allowed me to pursue my post-secondary education after graduation with less of a financial burden. This allowed me to excel and follow the career path of my dreams.” Patenaude is a recent graduate of the University of McGill’s undergraduate dentistry program.
For Ethan Iverson (class of 2021), the Foundation “really relieved some of the pressure that money can bring to a freshly moved-out college student.” He highlights another aspect of college attendance that puts up a financial barrier: living expenses for students who are moving out of the Valley for school can add up quickly. Iverson says, “Whether it was covering my rent or paying for my groceries, the money was a great help and allowed me to focus on my studies more.”
A 2016 CVR graduate, Elizabeth Séguin, explains that “The CVR Educational Foundation gave me that extra financial cushion to really figure out what I wanted to do with my life. You leave high school, and you think you know what you want to do with your life. Then you realize that there are a lot of obstacles, and you grow and change.” Séguin is grateful for the opportunity to figure herself out that this financial aid gave her: “It gave me the time to fully discover what I wanted to be when I grew up.”