A recent West Carleton Secondary School graduate and Stittsville resident is one of more than 375 students across Canada to be awarded a Ted Rogers Scholarship. Kate Parks will receive $2,500 to go towards her first year of post-secondary education.
“We empower youth through education.” These words summarize what the Ted Rogers Scholarship is all about. Joe Natale, President and CEO of Rogers Communications says, “There are a handful of experiences that have the potential to change the trajectory of our lives. Access to higher education is one of those, and for many of us is a game changer for our future. By reducing barriers and empowering young Canadians to achieve their highest potential, Rogers is proud to play one small part in supporting their academic pursuits. An investment in the Class of 2021 is an investment in possibilities, in ideas, and in the exceptional talent that exists across Canadian youth.”
Scholarship recipients are identified by one of the fund’s 18 community partners or have applied as either a Rogers employee or dependant of a Rogers employee. Kate was awarded the scholarship through her father’s employment with Rogers. Being “very thankful to have received the scholarship,” Kate describes the application process as straightforward, but admits she was still nervous about it. However, she found that in applying, it’s best to just “be you.”
Kate’s post-secondary plans are to study Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa. She hopes to work in either physiotherapy or occupational therapy.
Outside of academics, Kate keeps busy working on a local dairy farm, where she recently moved from working part-time to full-time. Kate even started her own business called Kate’s Kakes a few months ago. Baking/decorating beautiful cakes and cupcakes is evidently an incredible talent of Kate’s, and most importantly it’s a hobby she adores. When asked about life goals, Kate stated she would love to one day open a bakery. In the (pre-COVID) past, Kate played on the local softball team, the Stittsville 56ers.
Having moved here at the beginning of the year with her mother, Kate already has a few favourite things about Stittsville – namely the many walking trails, the social groups which offer chances to meet people, and the welcoming and kind community overall.
Congratulations to Kate Parks on receiving a Ted Rogers Scholarship! Visit the Kate’s Kakes page on Facebook or Instagram to see Kate’s amazing creations. We look forward to seeing what Kate does next.