Offering Two $1000.00 Awards

Tillie and Joe Kawula Scholarship and Hershel Davidner Memorial Scholarship

In 1982 a group of Prince Albert business people joined together to create the Prince Albert and District Community Scholarship Fund. It began with the idea that students who volunteer their time to make Prince Albert and district a better place should be rewarded for it. That philosophy still remains and is the basis for the two $1000.00 scholarships being offered this year. Academic standing is a factor, however community involvement and volunteerism will carry the largest influence in determining recipients.

  • The Tillie and Joe Kawula Scholarship is named in honor of Tillie Kawula and her husband Joe. Tillie was an outstanding community volunteer and a recipient of the Prince Albert Citizen of the Year Award. For over twenty‐five years this scholarship has provided financial help to local high school graduates pursuing post‐secondary education.

  • The Hershel Davidner Memorial Scholarship is named for the late Hershel Davidner who owned Davidner’s Clothing and Western Wear Ltd. During those years Mr. Davidner donated greatly to students through scholarships leading to post‐ secondary education.

Two $1000.00 scholarships will be awarded to students entering a recognized university or technical institute.

One application will apply to both awards. These scholarships are open to Grade 12 graduates from Saskatchewan Rivers School Division, Prince Albert Catholic School Division and the Saskatchewan Polytechnic Prince Albert campus Academic Grade 12 program. Application forms are available in each of these divisions.

Applications may be mailed or delivered in person to:

Prince Albert and District Community Scholarship Fund

c/o Pat Weir, Lawton Partners

460 South Industrial Drive

Prince Albert, SK      S6V 7L8 

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COLLIN LAROCHE  Scholarship - Birch Hills  

Collin LaRoche Memorial Scholarship - $300

Collin grew up learning how to love, be honest, be compassionate, be respectful, have fun, work hard, be accountable for his actions and treat others as he would like to be treated himself. Collin impacted many people by the way he chose to live life himself. He possessed strong personal attributes that contributed to his very purpose in life. Collin lost his life at 24 years old, trying to save the lives of 2 others. 

The LaRoche family states "We want the Collin LaRoche Memorial Scholarship to reflect Collin’s life, what he believed in and what he stood for. We did not want the scholarship to be based on academics. Everyone needs strong personal attributes in life to make a difference in others. We want to encourage graduates to be kind, to give a compliment, a smile, a hug, listen, or thank someone for a job well done. We want the recipient of the scholarship to be a witness to love, respect, compassion and friendship. We want the recipient to be a light and lamp to others by living this example within their family, community and workplace." 

Collin Laroche was really an old soul at heart.


  • Criteria: ​

A graduating student from Birch Hills School who embraces and exemplifies the characteristics of friendship, compassion, love and respect - the successful recipient will be selected at the discretion of the Staff/Administration.

  • For more information please contact:

   Birch Hills School

   Box 219 Birch Hills, SK S0J 0G0

   Phone: (306) 749-3301 


NEW FOR 2019 - Gail Hartsook Scholarships

Gail passed away suddenly in her home in Saskatoon on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at the age of 71. Gail’s life was colorful, adventurous and very rewarding. 

 She was dedicated to each of her jobs and was well respected by her peers. Her first position was in Vancouver in the social work field. In 1977 she was the Director of the Prince Albert Mobile Crisis Center for which she was instrumental in its inception. Gail traveled farther from home to be the Director of Student Services at the residential school in Chisasibi, Quebec. She later held the same position at St Michaels Student Residence in Duck Lake, Sask. Gail worked for a short time in Moose Jaw as a Service Center manager, and for a change of pace worked in Regina at the CNIB for awhile. Prince Albert was always Gail’s home base and she bought a delightful cottage home there that she could always return to. She moved back and worked for the Prince Albert Grand Council as an education consultant. She set up Child and Family services at Sturgeon Lake. Gail also worked for the Department of Social Services as the Prince Albert Regional Director for the North East Region. Her last place of employment was in Saskatoon as an executive director at Saskatchewan First Nations Family and Community Institute. Gail sold her home in Prince Albert and moved to an apartment in Saskatoon where she resided until her death