The Western Inspirational Award is a bursary given to local high school graduates in communities that are served by Western Financial Group/Coast Capital Insurance or Wyatt Dowling who:
- Have displayed outstanding community and/or school spirit as an organizer, participant, or volunteer and/or
- Have demonstrated inspirational conduct – whether an act of heroism or leadership in a crisis and/or
- Have overcome adversity (mental/physical disability), financial hardship, family issues, etc.
The students may be nominated by any member of the school teaching staff, support or administrative staff, or by a member of the parent school council. A deserving special needs student may also be nominated for this award to recognize their efforts and determination to meet life’s challenges. Such a student may be unable to take post-secondary but would benefit from receiving a cash award to help pay for life improving equipment, training or supplies.
To date, the Western Communities Foundation has awarded more than 930 Western Inspirational Awards.