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Local student needs support to win scholarship

Lakehead University student Emily Drouin recently was selected from hundreds of applicants across the country as a finalist for Campus Vacations’ “The Amazing Travel Scholarship.”

Now she is rallying Fort Frances’ support to try and win a grand prize that includes tuition, a paid internship, and a trip with a friend.

Drouin, 19, the daughter of Pete and Pam Drouin, has just finished her second year at Lakehead U., where she’s on her way to earning a B.A. Honours degree with a double major in English and French.

But she would love to have a chance to travel and broaden her experiences by winning “The Amazing Trip Scholarship” grand prize.

Drouin said she feels travel is very important to her education, and gives one new perspectives on the world.

“I’ve always wanted to be a teacher,” she noted. “And since I’m bilingual, I think that’s the perfect gateway to teaching around the world.”

Drouin said she’s always had a passion for learning about other cultures and countries, and feels travel only will enrich her knowledge and appreciation for the world we live in.

As a matter of fact, she hopes to travel to every continent before she is 50.

If she could go anywhere in the world, Drouin said it would be hard to pick just where.

“I have a list of probably 100 places that I’d like to visit,” she admitted.

“I’d like to visit Europe and I’d like to visit Africa, Australia, New Zealand—just to name a few.”

Winning this scholarship would mean a great deal to Drouin.

The grand prize includes $2,500 for tuition, as well as a paid internship with “S-Trip!”, a leader in organized individual and group travel for high school and post-secondary students across Canada, the U.S., and Europe.

The grand prize also includes a trip for two to anywhere Campus Vacation goes.

To make it this far in her quest for “The Amazing Travel Scholarship,” Drouin has been working hard on a blog, which people can visit at www.amazingtravelscholarship.com/#finalist/emilydrouin

There, she has been posting her own photos and videos, as well as gathering photos and stories from supporters—ranging from Fort Frances Mayor Roy Avis to folks as far away as Germany and South Africa.

Drouin also has posted links to her social media outlets, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube.

She said her chances of winning depend on getting as many people as possible to vote for her.

Anyone can vote for her by following Drouin on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube.

“Every time we can get a ‘like’ or a comment or a share or something on one of our social media, it goes towards points in the judging round,” Drouin explained.

“It’s to show how well we can advertise and rally our community support to win ‘The Amazing Trip Scholarship.’”

Judging to see who wins will depend 50 percent on the number of votes and 50 percent on the quality of the application.

The winners will be announced May 30.

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