Jonathan James Senger Memorial Scholarship

Jonathan James Senger Memorial Scholarship

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The Jonathan James Senger Memorial Scholarship was set up in 2012 to honor the life of Jonathan.  It was created by his mother Debbie, who was a teacher at Notre Dame Elementary School from 1981-2010 and has close ties to the community.

The primary purpose of the Scholarship is to honor Jonathan by awarding scholarships to students who would benefit with financial assistance in pursuing their educational goals as part of a full and happy life.
Jonathan was an outgoing, fun-loving young man . He was a person who believed in following his dreams and living life to it's fullest. Jon was an avid sports player  and was awarded the MVP by the St. Albert Football Association. 
He loved and respected his family, especially his grandfather Robert (Bob) Neil Atchison.  Jon and his maternal grandfather spent many happy days together  in Cadomin, Alberta (in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains).     Bob passed on a love and knowledge of nature, as well as the values of persistence, determination and education , which Bob believed were the keys to a bright future.   Jon was on his way to living a well rounded life, with family, employment, travel and hobbies providing the cornerstones.
We would like to thank every student who applies for the Jonathan James Senger Memorial Scholarship.  We hope you pursue a life that involves travelling, learning about the world, getting involved in something that is bigger than you, and of course, education.  Our goal is to help others with opportunities to find their path to happiness, fulfillment and the joy of life.


Click here to access the Jonathan Senger Scholarship Application Form.



2018-2019 Recipients Alicia DiBerardino and Ethan Lessard

Dear Debbie Martin and Senger Family,

I would like to express my thanks to you and your family for selecting me as the recipient of the Jonathan James Senger Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship will help me in my studies at the University of Alberta, and I will keep Jonathon’s belief of hard work in mind while on my educational journey.

I would also like to convey my appreciation to your family for the continued support you have shown to the students of Morinville Community High School by offering this scholarship. MCHS is a wonderful school and produces many talented students, and the recognition that sponsors like you show to us demonstrates that we are all capable of fulfilling the bright futures we have ahead of us.

As you said it is your privilege to present the scholarship to a member of the Diberardino Family, it is my honor to receive it from a previous faculty member of Notre Dame Elementary School. I have many great memories from my time there and will always remember the great experiences I had while attending Notre Dame. That school was a huge part of my upbringing as a child and I thank you for the time you put in as a teacher there – it is individuals like you who help shape students to become the best they can be.

Sincerest Thanks,

Alicia Diberardino

Dear Ms. Martin,

I am so grateful to have received this scholarship. Your money will help me to purchase textbooks for my classes next semester. I am honoured and thankful, you are helping me achieve my goal of preserving the beautiful Canadian wilderness for future generations. 
The contribution that you have made to me through this scholarship have not been ignored and I will be forever grateful.
Sincerely,Ethan Lessard

2017-2018 Recipients Amy VanBrabant and Spencer Greaves

Dear Mrs. Senger and Family,

It is such an honour to receive the Jonathan James Senger Memorial Scholarship. I'd like to take a minute and tell you why I decided to become a teacher, I think you and many others would appreciate my story.
When I was in grade eleven I was in a chemistry class with a good friend of mine, and just as we were about to start a new unit he gets sick and misses basically the whole thing! When he comes back to school he just couldn't get the stuff that we were doing, so the Friday before our unit exam he asks me for help, and of course I agree to help him. We spent all weekend at Tim Horton's working on chemistry! The unit exam comes and goes, and the Friday after the exam we get it back, I got somewhere in the high eighties and he gets an eighty. He was ecstatic! When he showed me his mark I had such a strong feeling of pride.
After that I looked into becoming a teacher and what that would mean for me, I decided I wanted to do it when I realized how much of an impact I would have on peoples life. I would be teaching future doctors, politicians, teachers, and many others in between. I would also get a chance to shape their character and help them grow into successful adults. 
Now that I'm in University and only a few short years away from becoming a teacher I look back on the teachers that affected my life. I look at the high school teachers who treated me like I was an adult and not some child they had to put up with. My middle school teachers who started me on the path I'm on today. And my elementary teachers who taught me the basics of life. I look back on all of the teachers that taught me and and wonder which teacher will I be most like. Either way, I hope the students in the school I teach at say something like "Man, Mr. Greaves is such a cool teacher, I wish I had him!"
Thank you again for granting me the honour of receiving the Jonathan James Senger Memorial Scholarship, I can't wait to start teaching!

Spencer Greaves
Dear Mrs. Martin,
Thank you for selecting me to be a recipient for the Jonathan James Senger Memorial Scholarship.  I am truly honoured to receive the award, and also your support and encouragement.  I am proud to be one of the representatives for this scholarship and was grateful to learn not only the story behind the award, but also what it meant.
I am currently in my second semester of University and am enrolled in Bachelor of Science at Concordia University.  My goal is to continue my studies and to eventually become a high school teacher.  Additionally, my major is in biology and my minor is in music.  At the end of my scholarly journey I wish to become a music and biology teacher.  This scholarship will aid me in accomplishing my goal and my dream of educating future generations.
Again, I would like to thank you and your family for your support.  It means so much to me and I will do my best to honour Jonathan and this award by continuing to pursue and work hard towards my future career.
Amy Van Brabant

2016-2017 Recipients Emma Wiwchar and Cody Hunter

Dear Debbie Martin and Family,

I am writing to thank you for choosing me as the recipient of your generous Jonathan James Senger Memorial Scholarship.  I am honoured to have received your support and encouragement.

I am currently studying biological sciences at the University of Alberta and absolutely love it, I am looking forward to my studies in the future as I work towards a career in health sciences.  Your donation will be of great help in the coming semester to help pay for tuition and books.

Thank you again for your generosity as any donations are very much appreciated during this stressful and exciting time.  I wish the best for you and your family and hope that one day I can have the same positive impact on student's lives.

Sincerely, Emma Wiwchar


Dear Debbie Martin and Family,

I am writing to thank you for choosing me as a recipient of this year's Jonathan James Senger Memorial Scholarship.  I'm very grateful for the award as well as for the positive encouragement.  The message behind the scholarship is very meaningful to me and I am again so grateful for being chosen.

I am currently studying a combined degree program and at the end of my five years I will receive a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and a Bachelor of Management in Finance.  Unfortunately, I was unable to attend the awards ceremony due to my studies but I wish I could have been there to meet you.  I'm excited to see what my future studies hold as well as my future career working in business or possibly as a teacher.  The monetary award from the scholarship will help me pay for tuition and textbooks in my upcoming spring semester.

I would again like to thank you and your family for this generous award and I would also like to thank you for everything you do to support local MCHS students in their academic pursuits in life.  I would also like to thank Jonathan for leaving behind such a positive legacy that many more people should live by.  Thank you for all your support and positivity and I wish the same for you and your family.

Sincerely, Cody Hunter

2015-2016 Recipients Hannah Froment and Kaymen Bulger

Dear Debbie Martin (Senger),

It is my privilege to accept the Jonathan James Senger Memorial Scholarship from you. I will use this scholarship to further my educational goals by using the funds for my University tuition. I am proud to represent this scholarship and I am grateful to have received it. I appreciate all the kind remarks you made towards my future and I’m grateful to have had an opportunity to learn Jonathan’s story. I hope to carry Jonathan’s desire to succeed with me throughout my entire life. I plan on thriving in every goal I wish to attain in life and I can do so with the help of this scholarship. Thank you kindly for choosing me as the recipient of this scholarship.


Hannah Froment


Dear Debbie Senger,

I have received your wonderful letter and thank you for your kind words. I also do not believe that there is a way to describe how much I appreciate you choosing me for this reward. This scholarship money has relieved a lot of pressure and stress. Again I wish to express my sincerest gratitude, you have given me a great opportunity that I promise to not squander.


Kaymen Badry

2014-2015 Recipients Mathieu Lessard and Jyllena Wilke

Dear Debbie Martin and family,

It is a tremendous honour to be selected for the Jonathan James Senger Memorial Scholarship. I am so grateful that you believe in me and my goals and want to support my endeavours. I hope to make your family proud and also to give back to youth in the community as you do through this scholarship.

Currently I am studying neuroscience at the University of Alberta. My goal is to study medicine, specializing in psychiatry or neurosurgery. This scholarship puts me one step closer to achieving my dream of helping others through medicine, especially in the area of mental health.

Thank you again for your support. It truly means so much to me and every other student who has been helped by this scholarship.


Jyllenna Wilke


Dear Mrs. Martin,

Thank you for selecting me as a recipient for the Jonathan James Senger Memorial Scholarship. I am just beginning my post secondary education and am currently enrolled at MacEwan University in a Bachelor of Science program. I have not yet declared a major although when I do, I will ensure it is a career path I am truly passionate about. I hope to honour your son by maintaining his belief in working hard to achieve my goals in life. Whatever I decide to pursue, I will make it a priority to explore the world and do my best to make a difference in the lives of others. 

This scholarship will be very helpful in supporting the expenses of attending university.  Once again, I am very proud to have received this award and I will do my very best to honour your son Jonathan by continuing to pursue my dreams.


Mathieu Lessard

2013 - 2014 Recipients Natasha Maltais & Ryley Attfield

Dear Debbie Martin,

I am grateful to be a recipient of the Jonathan Senger Memorial Scholarship. It is an honour to be recognized as an active citizen in the town of Morinville. This scholarship has not only helped my financial commitment of my studies at NAIT, but has assisted me into taking the first steps towards an enriching and successful career. Currently, in my second semester of my first year studying, I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience and am expected to graduate in the spring of 2016 from Environmental Sciences. My post-secondary education will allow me to contribute back to society by providing wellbeing to the environment in the field and in communities. 

Thank you for selecting me to be the recipient of the 2014 Jonathan Senger Memorial Scholarship. I hope the legacy of this scholarship lives on to help others the way it has helped me.

Yours truly, Ryley Attfield


Dear Debra Martin and family,

I don't think I've ever been as grateful to receive any award or form of recognition as I am with the Jonathan James Senger Memorial Scholarship.  Not only am I honored to have had my commitments and aspirations recognized and awarded but also, the meaning behind this award still warms my heart.  I could tell that you and your family really care about the community and especially the youth very deeply and it was so obvious that this award means the world to you.

Currently I am at MacEwan University studying for my bachelor of Science.  I am aiming to achieve my PH D in Psychology and use my schooling to help those who need it.  I am looking forward to my years ahead.  All I've wanted to do in life is help others and thanks to you, I am now closer to this dream.  Thank you again for helping me reach my dream to help others with my knowledge and experiences.

I encourage all future and current students to apply to this heartwarming scholarship.



Natasha Maltais

2012 - 2013 Recipients Nicholas Hemmings and Cynthia Vansevenandt

Thank You Letters from the Recipients:

Dear Debra Martin,

Thank you so much for the consideration for the award.  It is truly an honor to receive an award in memory of your son.  I will be using the money towards my schooling.  I am in the Bachelor of Education program so that in the future I can give back to the community and make a difference, just like you have made a difference in my life.  It will help me a lot and I will be forever honoured to have received this award.

                                                                                                                                                   Thank you so much, Nicholas Hemmings

Dear Debbie Martin and family,

I would just like to express my gratitude to you and your family for choosing me as one of the Jonathon James Senger Memorial Scholarship.  I would like to thank you for taking the time out of your day to talk to me and learn more about my career goals.  it was a pleasure to meet you, and I would also like to thank you for the opportunity to learn more about the meaning behind this scholarship.  Learning what this scholarship means makes receiving it so much greater.  Since I have started school at the University of Alberta, my love for education continues to grow stronger.  I have dreamed about becoming a teacher since the age of seven, and now that my dreams are becoming a reality I am so happy.  I cannot wait to get out into the world and share my love for knowledge them.

Once again I would just like to express my thanks and gratitude for your generous financial support towards the career path I have been dreaming of my entire life.


                                                                                                                                                     Cynthia Vansevenandt