Redefining the Classroom

Sault College, LSSU announce BRIDGE bi-national scholarship

Posted: January 19th, 2012

By Tessa Pino
Sault College Communications Officer

SAULT STE. MARIE, Ont. -- Representatives of the Bi-national Regional Initiative Developing Greater Education (BRIDGE) have funded a new scholarship that will assist Sault College graduates who continue their education at Lake Superior State University.

Sault College of Applied Arts and Technology, in Sault, Ont., has a long history of working in concert with LSSU on a variety of academic programs.

Sault College's Student Financial Services Office received the donation totaling $100,000 courtesy of Bridge Inc. on Jan. 17 for the Bridge Bi-National Scholarship. The three founding members of BRIDGE -- Donald Gerrie, Peter Nixon and Gerry McGuire -- presented the check to LSSU President Tony McLain and Sault College President Ron Common. The group also spent time selecting the very first recipient of the scholarship. The bursary will be presented this March at the 2012 Sault College Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards ceremony.

To apply, applicants submitted a resume demonstrating their leadership abilities, active volunteerism, and a contribution to student life. Furthermore, applicants were interviewed by a selection committee consisting of a representative from Sault College, one from LSSU, and a community representative, alternating between the twin-Saults, selected by the other two committee members.

NEW SCHOLARSHIP PROMOTING CROSS-BORDER LEARNING -- Members of Bridge Inc. presented a scholarship worth $100,000 to Sault College and LSSU on Jan. 17. Pictured here, l-r, are Peter Nixon of Bridge, Sault College President Ron Common, Bridge representative Donald Gerrie, LSSU President Tony McLain and Gerry McGuire of Bridge. (Photo courtesy of Sault College)

The Bridge Bi-National Scholarship is eligible for a 3:1 matching by the Ontario government’s Ontario Trust for Student Support program, bringing the total principal for the award to $100,000.

“Having such substantial scholarships and awards for our students allows us to support the success of more of our students,” said Terry Ableson, Sault College Financial Aid Administrator. “This is a significant donation due to the participation of both post-secondary institutions. Our thanks go to Bridge Inc. for their continued support of Sault College students.”

For more information on Sault College scholarships, and how to donate, please contact Terry Ableson at 705-759-2554, ext. 2714, or visit At LSSU, contact the LSSU Foundation, 906-635-2665. Students are reminded to check the financial aid website for up-to-date information about scholarship offerings, application dates and requirements. -LSSU-

CONTACT: Tom Pink, 906-635-2315,; John Shibley, 635-2314,; Tessa Pino, Sault College Communications Officer, 705-759-2554 ext. 2830.