Keauna Dodd.

LSS grad earns scholarship

Hard work in high school pays off — just ask Keauna Dodd.

Hard work in high school pays off — just ask Keauna Dodd.

Dodd, a top graduating student from Ladysmith Secondary School last June, received a full tuition President’s Entrance Scholarship for High School Students to attend Vancouver Island University (VIU) in Nanaimo for the 2014-15 school year.

The potential value of the award is between $20,000 and $25,000 over four years. The scholarship is renewable each year for a maximum of five years, based on academic performance.

Dodd, who is currently enrolled in VIU’s Bachelor of Arts program, is among 23 first-year students to receive entrance scholarships to VIU for this academic year.

“We’re proud to support our region’s brightest high school students,” says VIU president and vice-chancellor Dr. Ralph Nilson. “These students have worked extremely hard in high school, and we believe they deserve recognition and support and the chance to take advantage of the exceptional undergraduate and research opportunities at VIU.”

While attending Ladysmith Secondary School, Dodd led a school-wide campaign for the elimination of violence against women. She also directed a musical production in her senior year and travelled across Canada to study French.

Dodd is excited about pursuing her post-secondary education at VIU’s Nanaimo campus because it’s close to home. She hopes to get involved in Nanaimo’s community theatre scene and VIU student productions and eventually wants to pursue a career in acting.

VIU introduced the awards program in 2008. Scholarships are issued in three categories: top graduating students from Vancouver Island and Powell River high schools, top graduating Aboriginal students and scholar athletes.

—Submitted by VIU