For the fifth year in a row, Holland College students have the opportunity to “earn” a car or a cash award.
The unique initiative, launched across the college’s campuses and centres this fall, was made possible through a donation by Calgary businessman Lou MacEachern to the Holland College Foundation.
MacEachern started the action as a way to motivate students to work to their full potential.
"We are not trying to reward the top academic student,’’ he said.
“We are trying to motivate each and every student to work their hardest and achieve their best, and we want to reward that hard work and effort. Every student can’t earn the car, but every student who tries still benefits as a result."
MacEachern grew up in Hazelgrove, P.E.I., and, like many of his generation, left school at a young age to help on the family farm. In 1956, he returned to Queen Charlotte Intermediate School in Charlottetown as a mature student, after which he attended post-secondary training at Prince of Wales College and then Dalhousie University.
MacEachern moved to Calgary, where he married, raised a family and made his mark as a leader in business and as a benefactor in the community.
Full-time post-secondary students in their first or second year of study at Holland College are eligible. Candidates are nominated by college staff and faculty on the basis of merit, character, and academic achievement. Nominations will be accepted until March. The top five nominees will be interviewed by a selection panel in the spring of 2019.