Haida Gwaii student wins four-year scholarship from B.C. foundation to study at Hawaii university

Recipient Quinlan Fennell is a grandson of Barriere area rancher Bud Fennell

Fernandez Earle Scholarship winner for 2012 is Quinlan Fennell

Fernandez Earle Scholarship winner for 2012 is Quinlan Fennell

The Fernandez Earle Scholarship Foundation has awarded its annual scholarship for four years of study at Hawaii Pacific University in Honolulu to Quinlan Fennell of Port Clements in BC’s Haida Gwaii. The scholarship includes tuition, airfare, accommodation, meal plan, books and fees.

Honouring the memories of Kane Fernandez and Roger Earle, two successful businessmen who were committed to education and were frequent visitors to Langara Fishing Adventures in Haida Gwaii, the Fernandez-Earle Scholarship Foundation’s goal is to help strengthen coastal communities by ensuring their future leaders have greater opportunities to realize their educational goals.

The Foundation has been providing university scholarships to deserving students from Haida Gwaii and Hawaii since 2001.

Quinlan Fennell was born in Queen Charlotte City and has lived on Haida Gwaii his whole life. He is a grandson of Barriere area rancher Bud Fennell.

Quinlan says he plans to use the scholarship to pursue studies in nursing.

“I fully intend to pursue a career as a registered nurse in British Columbia,” said Quinlan. “I plan to return to Haida Gwaii to work in the Queen Charlotte or Massett hospitals to benefit the communities in whatever ways I can.”

“His enthusiasm and skill prove that Quinlan Fennell deserves this very prestigious award, which means a great deal to the communities in Haida Gwaii,” says Beverley Kniffen, Executive Director of the Foundation.

“With more than 60 per cent unemployment for the region, this opportunity may not otherwise be available to a bright and motivated young man like him.”

For more information about the scholarship visit www.fernandezearle.com.