Victoria, BC– The Capital Regional District (CRD) Traffic Safety Commission (TSC) has extended the deadline for the Cst. Sarah Beckett Memorial Scholarship until July 26. Offered for the third year, this $2000 scholarship is presented annually to a post-secondary student who lives in the capital region and is pursuing or continuing their education towards attaining a career in law enforcement.
The TSC recently received an additional $20,000 in funds that were raised through the Sarah Beckett Memorial Run & Walk held earlier this year. The funds were presented to TSC Vice-Chair Chris Foord by Cst. Elyse Patten, Race Director of the Memorial Run and Brad Aschenbrenner, Cst. Beckett’s husband. These funds will sustain the scholarship well into the future.
“The TSC sees this as a unique opportunity to honour the memory of an officer committed to making our roads safer by enabling an aspiring student to be supported in a career that will sustain that legacy,” said Dr. Richard Stanwick, Chief Medical Health Officer of Island Health and co-Chair of the TSC.
Cst. Sarah Beckett lost her life in a tragic automobile crash in 2016. Subsequently, the TSC created the scholarship to raise awareness of traffic safety issues and highlight the community service provided by police. The TSC is responsible for traffic safety education programs and makes recommendations to the CRD Board to increase road safety in the region.
Applications for the 2019 scholarship will be accepted until July 26, 2019. The application form and criteria are available at https://crdtrafficsafety.ca/cst-sarah-beckett-memorial-scholarship/.
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