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Richmond Community Foundation Awards $21,500 in High School Scholarships

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 2:23 PDT, Thu July 4, 2024

The Richmond Community Foundation has named its 2024 high school scholarship recipients, this year awarding 49 scholarships, worth a combined $21,500, to 40 Richmond students.

The Foundation received more than 120 applications, marking a nearly 50 per cent increase over the previous year. In selecting the winners, multiple factors were considered, including academic achievement, community involvement, and strength of references.

Ava Koldenhof, of McMath Secondary, received two scholarships, which will support her studies in the Industrial Design program at the Université de Montréal.

Braeden Munn, a student at MacNeil Secondary, will stay closer to home, using his scholarship to study Linguistics and Arts, first at Douglas College and then at the University of British Columbia.

"Once my education is complete, I look forward to the opportunity to give back to the community that gave so generously to me," says Munn.

Richmond Secondary student Kalia He, who received a pair of scholarships, plans on studying Environmental Sciences at UBC, with hopes of pursing a career in environmental sustainability.

"Not only will these scholarships fund my school expenditures, but [they] will be lasting proof of the faith that Richmond's community has in my future," says He.

The Foundation awards scholarships through its forever funds, which are established by individuals, businesses, and community groups.

"Our fundholders know that education unlocks opportunities," says Ed Gavsie, executive director of the Foundation. "They're committed to helping as many students as possible achieve their educational and professional goals."

For a complete list of 2024 scholarship recipients, visit

Founded in 1990, the Richmond Community Foundation manages over 60 forever funds, from which it awards grants and scholarships to local non-profit organizations and students.

The full list of scholarship recipients is available online at 

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