Scholarship story – discovering a passion for figure skating

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For one of our Mentors, figure skating is a passion that they have fostered through spending the time learning how to ice skate. They first applied for a scholarship in January 2023 to receive a six-month “Gold Freestyle Pass” that would allow them to begin their journey of becoming a figure skater, compete in competitions and hopefully one day teach kids how to figure skate. They had written an amazing application letter that outlined everything they are doing to achieve their goals and how much this scholarship would mean to support them.

After the six-month pass had completed, the Mentor reapplied for another scholarship to continue their figure-skating journey. They told the Cottage Programs Team how much they had improved and that the original scholarship had helped them so much in achieving certain goals. In addition, they shared just how much joy they get when they are skating on the ice. They also spoke of how the figure-skating lessons were helping with their mental health, particularly through some very difficult times. The Programs Team were delighted that the scholarship had been so beneficial for them and had no hesitation in approving their new application.

“I have become happier, more social, more athletic and I have made a lot more friends that share my interests. I have found so much more passion for this sport because of how much I am able to go and I am planning to go to competitions which I could have not even think of doing before I got this opportunity. Thank you to Cottage by the Sea, the staff members, Dave and B for everything they have done for me and giving me this great opportunity,” said the Mentor participant in their scholarship letter to Cottage.

For their family, the scholarships have been a big support as figure-skating lessons are very expensive and they already pay a lot in equipment and other fees for their child to achieve their dreams. Their mother has spoken to the Programs Team about how much the scholarships have helped their child through difficult times – especially through building resilience and determination – and is so proud of their commitment to wanting to improve themselves through something they love.

I got the great opportunity of being able to get a scholarship for my figure skating membership in April 2023. It has helped me as a human in many ways, from increasing my athletic abilities to helping me be more social and make more friends – being able to do all this stuff is quite amazing. Cottage by the Sea has given me an opportunity I wouldn’t have had otherwise – it has really helped me in a lot of aspects and I am very thankful that.

I would also like to say how great the Mentor program is as a whole – I have met lifelong friends. It has taught me new skills such as cooking, surfing, kayaking, resilience and even skiing and so much more. I have had experiences that I think most people won’t experience in their lifetime, and I thank Cottage for everything they have done for me.

Letter from scholarship recipient