ARTA Certificate / Diploma Scholarship 2017 Winners
ARTA sponsors the ARTA Certificate/Diploma Scholarships that are granted to applicants who have successfully completed one or more full years of a certificate or diploma program.
Thank you for choosing me to be a recipient of the ARTA Certificate/Diploma Scholarship. Your generous scholarship means a lot to my family and to me because it pays for nearly a quarter of all my post-secondary schooling costs. We are grateful for this significant financial relief.
I am currently taking Power Engineering Technology at SAIT, which is a two-year diploma program with a heavy focus on thermodynamics and how to operate boilers and large steam systems through hands-on learning.
As for my future ambitions, I plan on working as a power engineer in the oil and gas industry operating boilers and steam plants, although I am not limited to that industry. It is impossible to say for sure what my future holds; however, with a post-secondary education in a trade that I enjoy, I am open to any opportunities that may arise following my graduation.
I am beyond excited to be working towards the career of my dreams as a dental hygienist. In the future, I plan to practice clinically and one day become involved in dental public health.
I look forward to becoming a more educated and influential role model for my three-year-old son as I finish this last year in the Dental Hygiene Diploma Program. I truly believe that, because I decided to go back to school as a mature student, my story will resonate with the inspirational message that it is never too late to pursue your dreams and that education is invaluable.
This scholarship and bursary are truly a blessing for my family! Our situation is unique because my husband and son currently live in Medicine Hat while I attend university here in Edmonton. Although they are the most important reason that I am so driven to succeed, being away from them is heartbreaking. The continuous travel and expenses associated with living apart was a huge financial burden that has now been greatly diminished.
It’s difficult to put into words how thankful I am to receive this scholarship and bursary.
Receiving this scholarship from the Alberta Retired Teachers’ Association will help me this coming year while I complete my final year of the two-year Combined Laboratory and X-ray Technician (CLXT) Program at NAIT. I will be doing an unpaid practicum for forty weeks where I will apply the knowledge I gained in the first year of the CLXT program. This practicum will provide me with hands-on experience, which will assist my employment chances once I receive my diploma.
I am very excited about becoming a fully certified CLXT after I complete this practicum and write the final exam. Then I will be able to start a career that will allow me to help people by assisting doctors to diagnose patients. I will also learn new skills and broaden my knowledge as laboratories are always developing new tests to analyze patient samples. The best part of this career will be the opportunity to work as a member of a team of health care providers whose major goal is to improve patient health. This program can also be used as a stepping-stone to other health care careers such a becoming a medical laboratory technician or medical radiology technician, or finding a career in biomedical engineering technology or magnetic resonance imaging.