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Mary Cone Barrie Scholarship

The Mary Cone Barrie Scholarship is a unique award that it is specifically for non-traditional students. Two students who demonstrate a commitment to furthering their education will be selected to receive the annual award. Any non-traditional student currently enrolled in a course or program at an accredited higher education institution in Canada or the United States may apply.

To learn more about the Scholarship, and to apply, please click here.

2014-2015 Scholarship Winners


AUDIO | Continuing Education for Professional Growth: A Student’s Story (Nikki Karakostas | Master’s Student, George Washington University) AUDIO | Inter-Departmental Communication Central to Improving the Student Experience (David Godoy | Student, Salt Lake Community College)
Institutions need to keep student needs and demands in mind when designing programming, especially when it’s aimed at working professionals. Improving communication between departments is critical for institutions that want to provide a seamless customer experience for students.


2013-2014 Scholarship Winner Essays


Real-World Experience Benefits Non-Traditional Students (Geeti Ahmadzai | Student, Bucks County Community College) Maturity and Drive Helps Non-Traditional Students Succeed (Saundra Vernon | Student, Saint Mary’s University)
Ahmadzai is a full-time student enrolled at Bucks County Community College. Currently majoring in biology, she is also taking prerequisites needed to later enroll in pharmacy school. Saundra Vernon is a full-time student attending Saint Mary’s University. She is currently double majoring in psychology and anthropology and hopes to later enroll in master’s and doctoral programs.


2012-2013 Scholarship Winner Essays


My Educational Experiences and Future Plans (Moon Soe | Student, Metropolitan State University) How Higher Education Improved My Life (Virginia Wilson | Student, University of Maine)
Moon Soe is a student at the Metropolitan State University in Minnesota and is currently enrolled in the Urban Teacher Program. Soe expects to graduate in 2013 and and become a secondary school teacher. Virginia Wilson is earning her Bachelor of Sociology from the University of Maine and expects to work with the United Nations, or other relief organization upon graduation in 2013.


Scholarship Origins

To learn about the origins of the award, please see the following interview with the founder of the scholarship, Shaul Kuper, CEO of Destiny Solutions:

A Non-Traditional Scholarship With A Non-Traditional Story (Shaul Kuper | Chief Executive Officer, Destiny Solutions)

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