The Cathy Pitt Memorial Scholarship is open to the children
of OBEA members in good standing. Two $1000 scholarships are
awarded each year.
Winners were selected from valid applications received. Scholarship winners are listed below.
Son of OBEA Member, Leslie Wilson, DSB of Niagara
Mackenzie attended Laura Secord Secondary School in St. Catharines. He was a recipient of the DSBN Gold Medallion for achieving a minimum average of 85% in 12 Grade 11 and 12 courses. He also was awarded the Technology Award in both Grade 11 and Grade 12. He was a successful athlete as a member of the Track & Field team, competing in pole vault, hurdles and relay; volleyball team, basketball team and cross country team. He was also very active in the intramural program. Mack acted as a senior mentor in the JuMP Mentorship program for Grade 9 students. He was well liked by both students and staff, and was always eager to help out with many school and community events. He participated yearly in Niagara’s annual Rankin Run and Relay for Life to help in the fight against cancer. Mack will be studying Biomedical Engineering Technology at St. Clair College in Windsor this year and wishes to thank the OBEA for their generosity.
Marina graduated from the University of Waterloo in Spring 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and Classical Studies – Language Specialization and will be pursuing my PhD in Musicology at the University of British Columbia this fall. She was recognized for academic excellence at graduation with the Governor General’s Silver Medal and the Music Department award. My research interests centre around evocation of landscapes in video game music and methods of characterization through music in opera and video games. The Cathy Pitt Memorial Scholarship would greatly assist me in continuing my studies and furthering my research. For the past five years, Marina operated a private piano studio out of her home and she found the accounting, management, and marketing skills she learned in her high school business courses to be invaluable in growing her business and turning it into a successful venture. Marina also spearheaded a number volunteer initiatives where students regularly perform for residents at retirement homes in Waterloo.
Carolyn Berkmortel Daughter of OBEA Member, Laura Berkmortel, Thames Valley District School Board
Carolyn Berkmortel attended high school at Strathroy District Collegiate Institute where she attained her high-school diploma, and a grade 12 average of 99%. To match her academic success Carolyn also was the Fundraising Chair for Student Council. In this position she raised a lot of money for various charities through the school. Carolyn was a key athlete for the school, playing both varsity soccer and senior basketball. Outside of the school she played competitive basketball for the Strathroy Spirit, and became a triathlete. Carolyn gave back to the community through the Spirit club, by being a volunteer coach and house-league organizer. This year she is attending the University of Western Ontario pursuing an undergraduate in engineering.
Madison Hainstock Daughter of OBEA Member, Claire Hainstock, York Region District School Board
From my early days, I have been fortunate enough to have travelled and lived in several foreign locations. That experience and my interest in how food forms such an underlying foundation of how the world works will be the basis of my future studies at Ryerson. I plan to study global food security and develop my interests in policy formation as well as the practical applications both in Canada and around the world. The generous bursary from the OBEA will go a long way to help me in my studies.
Jordan Scolnik Son of OBEA Member, Elliot Scolnik,
rict School Board
Jordan graduated with honours from Thornlea
Secondary School in the York Region DSB. During
his high school career, Jordan was actively involved in
a Business SHSM while participating in various school
organizations and clubs. Jordan was a member of
DECA, representing his school at the ICDC in
Orlando, Florida; the Accounting Club, attending the
ICAO No-Limits Conference. and President of the
Spanish Club. Jordan will be pursuing his
degree/diploma in Business Administration at the
University of Guelph-Humber.
Keanu Elliott Son of OBEA Member, Valerie Campbell-Elliot, Peel District School Board
Keanu just recently graduated with honours from Cardinal Ambrozic Catholic Secondary School in Brampton. The most significant extracurricular activity he was involved in at school was being a link crew leader. This allowed him to be a tutor and peer mentor to grade 9 students. His most significant community activity was being a coach in the Brampton Minor Basketball Association. Keanu’s volunteer responsibilities enabled him to coach and supervise 12- 13 year olds and teach them the basic fundamentals of basketball. He took great pleasure in coaching the team and impacting positively in these young lives. Keanu’s church involvement includes ushering and working with the homeless. His main interest outside of academic pursuits is basketball which he played all four years of high school. He received an MVP award in grade 10. Keanu also received the Principal’s Award. His most significant honour was when he received the Edward King Memorial Award at graduation. This award is given to a student who has demonstrated academic excellence and leadership in the school programme. At Carleton Keanu will be enrolled in the honours criminology and criminal justice program. His immediate goal is to be on the dean's list, in his first year at Carleton and also to get involved in different school initiatives. Keanu’s future goal is to become a lawyer which will enable him to make a positive impact on society.
Andrew Kulcsar Son of OBEA members, John Kulcsar and Emily Marotta-Kulcsar, York Region DSB
Andrew recently graduated from Pierre Elliott Trudeau High School in Markham, Ontario, where he enjoyed studying Capital Markets, Political Science, Philosophy, and Psychology. Andrew hopes to attain a Bachelor’s degree with a major in Psychology from the University of Toronto at Scarborough College, where his father graduated from some years ago. While in high school, Andrew was committed to various school organizations and clubs. He was part of the Announcement Team, Empowered Student Partnerships, the Chess Club, and a four-year member of the school’s DECA Chapter. He was successful over the years in DECA, and he won multiple ribbons, medals, and certificates at regional and provincial competitions. In his Grade 12 year, Andrew became DECA President, where he co-ordinated the training of both junior and senior participants.
Conor O'Mara Son of OBEA member, Jerry O'Mara, Toronto DSB
Conor attended R.S. McLaughlin C.V.I. in Oshawa, where he graduated with honours. During his high school career, he was an active member of the school band, winner of the Gr.12 history award and Student Council Treasurer in his senior year. Conor is currently attending Wilfred Laurier University majoring in business with the intention of pursuing a career in accounting. At Laurier, he is active in several social committees as well as being a representative on his residence council.