A Strong Start for Snelgrove Comes from Staying Close to Home
A few years after graduating from high school, Maddie Snelgrove decided it was time to return to school but still didn’t have her career path planned out. Two years later, the local woman not only has two years post-secondary education under her belt from Selkirk College, she has a dream she’s ready to make happen.
This fall, the Rossland Secondary School graduate will attend Carleton University’s undergraduate program in Architecture specializing in Urbanism. The program is unique in Canada and Snelgrove has secured an entrance scholarship valued up to $12,000 for academic excellence achieved while studying at Selkirk College.
“This scholarship is the cherry on top of getting into Carleton,” says Snelgrove.
Maddie Snelgrove, pictured second from left, earned a $12,000 entrance scholarship taking her from Selkirk College School of University Arts & Sciences to the Urbanism program at Carleton University, a unique undergraduate program in Architecture.
After completing high school in 2011, Snelgrove spent some time traveling throughout Europe and England, working close to home in Rossland, and volunteering with the Katimavik Program in Winnipeg and Labrador. Then she decided to return to school.
At first, the local didn’t consider Selkirk College. She wanted to seek out something new instead of trying the post-secondary institute in her own backyard. But Almeda Glenn Miller—a close family friend and English instructor at Selkirk College—helped her pick out her first semester classes in the School of University Arts & Sciences (UAS).
“Over the next couple years, she [Miller] always had one toe into everything I did. Ok, maybe more than one toe,” says Snelgrove. “She's been one of my biggest supporters throughout the entire college experience. She, along with many other influential instructors that I've had at Selkirk, helped me figure out what it was I wanted out of life and what I wanted to do as a career."
Maddie Snelgrove was a guest speaker at a high school counsellor conference held last Fall at the Castlegar Campus. She was on a panel of students who were speaking about their experience at Selkirk College.
The Rossland resident also discovered Selkirk College wasn’t just an extension of high school despite being a local school. She chose to live in Kekuli Residence on the Castlegar Campus for one year, alongside students from around the world, to enrich her college experience.
“I wanted to experience more than just the academic side of college, and I ended up meeting some of the greatest people and having an amazing year,” says Snelgrove.
Read the complete story about Maddie Snelgrove at selkirk.ca