Dorothy Banks was a former school teacher who believed that education could be learned throughout all your life which she proved by attending University in her eighties to learn Spanish because she was going to Argentina for the World Angus Forum. She was a great supporter of young people and encouraged them to live life to the best that they could. Dorothy was a great supporter of Angus cattle which she proved because she volunteered to be the Alberta Angus Association secretary for twenty-five years. In her memory the Alberta Angus Association is sponsoring a scholarship for any Alberta youth who is pursuing post secondary education and is open to all Alberta farm youth who have ever been involved in any activity (either 4-H or junior activities) using Angus influenced cattle. Preference will be given to high school graduates in the year of graduation or persons already enrolled in further educational study.
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Dorothy Banks Memorial Scholarship Winners:
2007 - Risa Iwasiuk, High Prairie, AB
2006 - Quinn Hamilton, Innisfail, AB
2005 - Jackie Brown, Edmonton, AB
2004 - Michael Mohr, Consort, AB
2003 - Amy Richardson, Olds, AB
2002 - Andrew Weiss
2001 - Trish Brown, Erskine, AB
I’m Quinn Hamilton and I received the Dorothy Banks Memorial Scholarship this year. I am definitely honored to be added to the list of recipients of the remarkable lady’s award. I remember Dorothy always made an effort to speak to my brother and I and she frequently commented on how she liked my unique name. I just completed one of many semesters at the University of Calgary. Starting university at 18 seemed scary; I couldn’t even imagine what it would be like if I were in my eighties! As a member of our local 4-H club for nine years, I developed an interest in showing cattle. I would initially only tag along at shows but eventually started competing with my own cattle in the Belvin Angus string. Over the last few years I have built up my own herd of about ten cows. This will be my second year as Vice President on the Alberta Junior Angus Board and I am looking forward to another successful show this summer. Aside from my cattle interests, I have a couple other hobbies. I played an exciting six years of basketball throughout school and I also have my grade 8 piano. Again I feel privileged to accept this scholarship. Thank-you to everyone who was involved.