Congratulations to this year’s recipients of the Mature Student Scholarship Award, Meredith Klynstra and Sarah Vollmer.


These $350 prizes are awarded to women who are resident of Perth County, have completed the high school equivalency program and are enrolled in a Canadian post- secondary institution of apprenticeship . Selection is made by the staff of Conestoga College, in consultation with the CFUW Stratford Scholarship Committee.


Sarah Vollmer was born in Stratford and travelled to various countries working as a nanny before getting married and returning to Stratford. Now a mother of four children, she has had a career as a skating coach before deciding on a career change. Thanks to the support and assistance of the Connestoga College upgrading staff, she was able to enroll in math upgrading and has now successfully applied and been accepted to the Practical Nursing Program (RPN) at Connestoga – Doon campus.

Meredith Klynstra was born and raised in Stratford and graduated from homeschool high school in 2017. During high school, she played basketball, volleyball and sang in both the Hosanna Church Choir and the Stratford Concert Choir. Merredith attended Connestoga’s Academic Upgrading and completed their Preparatory Communications course. Meredith has been accepted into the Recreation and Leisure Services Program at the Doon campus of Connestoga College this September.

Attending the ceremony for these students were Murray Stinson, Co-ordinator of Academic Upgrading, Connestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Stratford Campus, and Michele Atkin, an instructor at Connestoga.