Jessica Logan was the lucky recipient of A Soldier’s Hero Scholarship. She will be using the money to go to Willis College in Arnprior for their Addictions and Community Service Worker Diploma program. At the Oct. 19 announcement, from left, are Major Philip Paradis, Deputy Commander of 4th Canadian Division Support Base Petawawa Personnel Services; Petawawa Military Family Resource Centre (PMFRC) Executive Director Claudia Beswick, Logan, CEO and President of Willis College Rima Aristrocrat and Mayor of Petawawa Bob Sweet. (Photos by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)
Logan embraces World War II veteran Joan Bray, namesake of the new Joan D. Bray Veteran Learning Centre at the Arnprior campus. (Photos by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)
Willis College awards A Soldier’s Hero Scholarship
By Patricia Leboeuf
Posted on Thursday November 1, 2018
The coveted A Soldier’s Hero Scholarship was awarded to Jessica Logan, allowing her to attend Willis College in Arnprior.
The Board of Trustees Selection Committee chose Logan based on her application, her essay and her desire to give back to the community once she graduates from the Addictions and Community Service Worker Diploma program. Her name was officially announced on Oct. 19 at the Garrison Petawawa Military Museums before her friends, family members, and proud supporters as well as many members of the board.
“I’m so grateful,” said Logan. “It feels like it is going to change my life.”
“I want to show my kids that you can do anything,” she added.
The scholarship was created in 2016 with military spouses in mind. As part of its 150th anniversary, the college is distributing $150,000 to military spouses over six years.
“It is a very innovative initiative that started a number of years ago and I was pleased to be part of it back then and I am still pleased to be part of it now,” said Mayor of Petawawa and board member Bob Sweet.
“When spouses move here, it can be very difficult,” he added. “And I understand that position, so training and education are absolutely key in moving forward.”
Military spouses play a significant role in supporting members of the Canadian Armed Forces, both at home and abroad.
“They hold everything together to keep the families whole,” said Major Philip Paradis, Deputy Commander of 4th Canadian Division Support Base Petawawa Personnel Services.
“Military spouses are often the ones who sacrifice dreams, careers and often aspirations to support our men and women in uniform, often without complaint,” he added.
Selecting a recipient for the scholarship to is not an easy task.
Every applicant has a different story and everyone is worthy of the chance to further their education. They have each shown resiliency and dedication as they often have to juggle a job, children and the demands of their partner’s career.
“I applaud each applicant for having the courage to follow their dreams,” said Petawawa Military Family Resource Centre (PMFRC) Executive Director and Board Member Claudia Beswick.
Second World War veteran Joan Bray attended the scholarship announcement ceremony, proud to see a strong military spouse able to attend this post-secondary education institution. She warmly embraced the young woman after her name was called. Bray is the namesake of the new Joan D. Bray Veteran Learning Centre at the Arnprior campus.
For more details on the scholarship or to apply, please visit williscollege.com/soldiers-hero-application.