Congratulations to two Vanier College Architectural Technology students who have won 2015 John Pitre Scholarships. Third year student, Firas Mahboub-Saab, was awarded a $1,000 scholarship for being the most improved student from 2nd to 3rd year; and second year student, Daniel Kuzev, was the recipient of a $500 scholarship for being the student with the highest cumulative average over the first four semesters of his program.
John Pitre who graduated from Vanier College in the late 70s came all the way from British Columbia where he now lives to present the scholarships to the two deserving students at a ceremony held recently during a BBQ to celebrate Pitre’s visit and the end of the school year. John Pitre was deeply marked by his studies in Architectural Technology at Vanier. He went on to obtain a university degree in economics with a minor in building engineering then eventually went into business. Today he is the owner of his own roofing consultant firm in B.C.
Giving back to Vanier
“I wanted to give back to Vanier,” he said. “I’m in a position where I can do that, so I decided to contribute to scholarships for students.” For John Pitre, having a high average in a program is a great achievement, but equally important is improvement, hence one of his scholarships is specifically aimed at awarding a student who improves the most over the course of a year.
“Vanier College is grateful that John Pitre has chosen to create these scholarships to support students. To hear that it was thanks to Vanier that John Pitre discovered what he wanted to do in life, and that he has had a very successful and long career in the building industry should inspire all our students,” said Normand W. Bernier, Vanier College Director General.
Plaque honouring donation
During his recent visit to Vanier, John Pitre unveiled a new plaque in the Architectural Technology Department honouring his donation of the two scholarships to Vanier College Architectural Technology students. Since the scholarships are based on achievement and the students need not apply, it is hoped that the plaque will motivate all the students in the program to do well.