Building a Lasting Legacy in Waterloo Region

Thanks to KW Legacy and their scholarship program, eight students received $47,000 in scholarships for their post-secondary education.

  • $5,000 Legacy Scholarship – Ben MacLaurin, Waterloo-Oxford District Secondary School
  • $5,000 Legacy Scholarship – Melody Riad, Bluevale Collegiate Institute
  • $5,000 Legacy Scholarship – Kavisha Barran, Huron Heights Secondary School
  • $5,000 Legacy Scholarship – Ashita Bidarkar, Grand River Collegiate Institute
  • $5,000 Innocente Legacy Scholarship – Bryce Detweiler, Grand River Collegiate Institute
  • $5,000 MGC Legacy Scholarship – Amy Paleczny, Grand River Collegiate Institute
  • $5,000 St. Jerome’s University Legacy Scholarship – Michael Clubine, Kitchener-Waterloo Collegiate Institute
  • $12,000 Bishops University Legacy Scholarship – Sydney Marteniuk, Cameron Heights Collegiate Institute

Scholarship recipients must be attending a post-secondary institution, have a minimum cumulative average of 70 percent, have financial need and are active participants in their community. Students received their scholarships at a surprise visit to their schools.

KW Legacy started with a group of friends who wanted to find a way to give back to a community that gave them so much. “We want to seed our community with bright, innovative, hopeful young minds who are our future community leaders,” said Peter Kalbfleisch, vice-principal at WODSS and one of KW Legacy’s founding members. “We are happy to give back by doing what we can to improve the lives of people who live here by helping future community leaders.”

While KW Legacy has many initiatives that benefit Waterloo Region, presenting students with their scholarships is always a highlight for the group. “Meeting the winners and their families is always a special moment for us,” said Kalbfleisch. “We can see how our community will benefit from the efforts of these amazing future leaders.”

Learn more about KW Legacy and how to get involved by visiting their website.