Dual Credit program presents its first scholarship award
January 24, 2017

Two women stand on a stage, one holding a brown envelope.

Student Megan Federovich (right) receives her Dual Credit Award from Michelle Rao, Manager, School College Partnerships, at a recent award ceremony.

For the first time ever, Georgian College has awarded a scholarship to a student who has taken a dual credit here and come back to enrol in a full-time program. The scholarship winner is Megan Federovich, a graduate of Innisdale Secondary School in Barrie and now in her second semester of the Child and Youth Care (CYC) program.

“I was bouncing when I got the news,” Megan says. “I was ecstatic. I applied for several awards and it’s so cool that Dual Credit saved me before and now the Dual Credit Award is saving me again.”

Megan thanks the Dual Credit program for her secondary diploma. When she was 17, she became depressed over her parent’s divorce and a death in the family. She dropped out before graduating. That’s when the Simcoe County District School Board’s re-engagement program reached out to her, offering her the chance to gain credits through the Dual Credit program, in which high school students take college credits at Georgian College. Megan finished four courses, including one from the CYC program.

“I was able to get my high school diploma only because of the Dual Credit program. The program’s layout of once a week classes, being treated as an adult, the multiple teaching styles of professors, as well as the support from professors and high school teachers in the program aided me to be able to focus and complete the tasks at hand and get my diploma. I honestly believe if it were not for the Dual Credit program, I would still not have graduated high school and would be working at a minimum wage job, struggling to get by.”

Instead, Megan plans to complete her Georgian program, then go on to earn a Bachelor of Psychology, with the goal of one day running a program for at-risk youth. The funds from the Dual Credit Award will pay for certifications, a police check and vaccination records she needs for her placement this fall. The 22-year-old is feeling a lot less financial stress.

“It’s so helpful that this program exists to help people in trouble, especially those who have left school,” she explains.” I hope it always continues.”