Two Kwantlen students win Mary Hartwell Memorial Scholarships for $2,500 each

Wed, Sep 5, 2012


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September 6, 2012

Two Kwantlen students win Mary Hartwell Memorial Scholarships for $2,500 each

(Metro Vancouver, BC) – Lucy Brain and Grace Augustinowicz, both enrolled in Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s new bachelor of science in sustainable agriculture program, are the first recipients of the Mary Hartwell Memorial Scholarships awarded for $2,500 each. The awards were given last month at the White Rock Farmers’ Market, by David Hawkins, husband of the late Mary Hartwell.

"As an enthusiastic, burgeoning, urban farmer, I’m thrilled and grateful that scholarships such as the Mary Hartwell Memorial Fund exist to support those of us striving to make a difference in the health and sustainability of our communities and their citizens,” says Lucy Brain, student, Kwantlen Polytechnic University. “Through my studies I am excited to participate in the movement that is bringing food production to the forefront of community life. With this award, I have the financial support I need to make my studies possible.”

The Mary Hartwell Memorial Scholarship was originally created for one recipient, but Hawkins was so impressed with this year’s candidates that he included additional funds to award three $2,500 scholarships.

“We are extremely pleased and honoured that two students enrolled in our new sustainable agriculture degree program have been awarded Mary Hartwell Scholarships,” says Kent Mullinix, director, sustainable agriculture and food security, Kwantlen Polytechnic University. “Our goal is to prepare the best and brightest to become BC’s new food system builders and leaders. It means a great deal to us that the Mary Hartwell Scholarship Fund both supports and has confidence in our new program, its objectives, and in the dedicated students it is attracting.”

The Mary Hartwell Scholarship Fund was created in memory of Mary Hartwell, a director and passionate supporter of the White Rock Farmers’ Market Society and its vendors. The scholarship is open to students who have, or will have, completed high school, and who plan to take courses leading to a career in health, nutrition and/or organic farming.

Kwantlen’s new degree in sustainable agriculture offers an exploration of the practical foundations and practice of healthy farming as well as an examination of how food and land build our communities. For more information please visit

Kwantlen Polytechnic University has been serving the Metro Vancouver region for 30 years, and has opened doors to success for more than 250,000 people. Four campuses—Richmond, Surrey, Cloverdale and Langley—offer a comprehensive range of sought-after programs, including business, liberal arts and science, design, health, trades and technology, apprenticeships, horticulture, and academic and career advancement. Over 17,500 students annually have a choice from over 200 programs, including bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, diplomas, certificates and citations. Please visit:


For more information about Kwantlen’s School of Horticulture, contact:
Kent Mullinix
Director, Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security

For more information about Kwantlen, contact:
Joanne Saunders
Director, Communications and Marketing Services
Tel: 604.598.6188