|Don McCahill, Instructor, Mary Miller, Second Year Digital Photography Student, and Richard Beland, Co-ordinator, Digital Photography|
The first Geri Freeborn Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Mary Miller at the Lambton College Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, November 5. This $500 scholarship is available to a first year Digital Photography student with good academic standing, mature student status, and whose efforts and work have helped advance the program.
Geri Freeborn was a mature student in the first class to attend the new Digital Photography program when in launched in 2012. Early in the second semester, Geri was tragically killed in an automobile accident. Instructors in the Digital Photography program established a fund in her name to commemorate her enthusiastic participation in Photography. (According to the college definition, a mature student is anyone over the age of 25. Students need not apply for the scholarship. All students who qualify are considered.)
As well as the Scholarship, the fund finances two other awards, open to all students. These are competitive awards, presented at the end of the spring term, and are entirely based on the photographic work that students do over the course of their year. Separate categories apply for both first and second year students. The first year award, presented to the student with the best composite score in the various categories, wins a $200 scholarship towards second year tuition. (Spencer Drake was the first winner of this award last spring.)
The second year winner will receive a $300 cash award. This award will be issued for the first time in April, 2014.