December 17, 2018

ARTA–TW Insurance Degree Scholarship 2018 Winners

TW Insurance Brokers, in conjunction with ARTA, provides the ARTA–TW Insurance Scholarships that are awarded to students presently registered in the second, third or fourth year of a program leading to an undergraduate degree.

2018 Winners

Thomas Coderre

For years I have driven myself to develop the skills, experience, and perspective necessary to actualize my vision of leveraging emerging technologies to enhance human well-being. Regardless of the depth of my dedication, there remains a unique satisfaction any time my progress is externally recognized. That recognition is even more potent when accompanied by support that enables me to invest even more heavily in my academic preparations.

As I complete the capstone year of my Bachelor of Health Sciences, the peace of mind afforded by ARTA’s generous scholarship will be especially impactful. By contributing to the financial security necessary to work exclusively on my studies, the award will noticeably augment my final year of preparation before graduate studies. Reinforced by a deep commitment to those who have supported me, with special attention given to ARTA and its partners, I will continue to work tirelessly to achieve my lifelong aspirations.


Anya Siddons

I am so honoured and grateful to have been chosen as a recipient of the ARTA–TW Insurance Degree Scholarship. This award will support me in pursuing a Master of Nursing following the Bachelor of Nursing I am currently undertaking. I plan to use these degrees to research ways in which Alberta’s health care system can be made more accessible to those living with chronic mental illness. I hope to one day implement changes that will help our health care system better support these individuals and their families.

I would like to thank ARTA for its support in this endeavour and my mother Lisa Siddons, whose passion for teaching has set such a powerful example for me as to how life-enriching a career can be.


Jesse Webb

Attending school full time and being successful at it is tough even under the best circumstances. Attending as a mature student with a family and outside commitments has been one of the most challenging endeavours of my life. It has been worth every minute, however, to pursue what started as a goal, but has since become a passion. I began my school journey with a vague goal to enter the health care field, to better the lives of others, and to improve the situation of my family. Through my coursework in the Bachelor of Science program, I’ve found a passion for scientific research, which I intend to follow by pursuing an eventual career as a medical researcher. The requirements to enter this field, however, are high, both in time and in academic standards.

Pursuit of this career, for me, would not be possible without the support of others, which is why I’m so grateful to the Alberta Retired Teachers’ Association for the granting of this scholarship. This money means the world to my family and me, as it allows me to devote more of my time to academics and alleviates many of the stresses that accompany the financial realities of being a full-time student. To all those who support me, including my family, my friends, and ARTA, thank you. Together, we will achieve this dream.


Nathaniel Loman

I am stunned and humbled to be offered this scholarship. I pride myself on my efforts to excel academically and to give back to my community, and it’s wonderful to find that people not only appreciate these efforts but support them in such a concrete way. This is exactly the shot in the arm that I’ll need in these coming terms, as it will lighten my financial burdens and let me focus on my classes. It’s especially meaningful to me that this scholarship is being granted by retired teachers: who better to appraise the worth of a student?


Alexa McMillan

I am very proud and honoured to have been selected as a recipient of the 2018 ARTA–TW Insurance Degree Scholarship. This scholarship will support me as I continue my undergraduate studies in commerce at Saint Mary’s University. It will also allow me to continue to play varsity hockey, so that I may focus fully on my academic and athletic pursuits, without having to work during the school year. Coming from a family of teachers, I have learned to appreciate the value of education. I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to pursue both of my passions with the help of this scholarship.


Ali Wicklum

I am honoured to be added to the ranks of the phenomenal scholarship recipients who have preceded me. I am passionate about re-imagining for-profit businesses to be socially conscious while profiting in an equitable and sustainable manner. After completing my BCom, aided by this scholarship, I am attending law school then pursuing a career in social entrepreneurship.