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Windsor-Essex FIRST Robotics Announces its 5 Bursary Recipients for 2023


WINDSOR, ON., June 21, 2023 – Windsor-Essex FIRST Robotics (WEFR), a local organization promoting and delivering FIRST Robotics Canada programming in Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent, is proud to announce the recipients of its annual $1000 bursaries. These bursaries have been established and generously provided by WEFR to support local high school graduates in their pursuit of higher education.

In spite of the ongoing obstacles presented by the pandemic recovery, these five graduating students have demonstrated remarkable resilience and commitment, distinguishing themselves among their peers. Larry Koscielski, Vice President of Process and Technology Development at CenterLine and Chair of Windsor-Essex FIRST Robotics, expressed his admiration, stating, “I was astounded by the determination shown by our local teams this year, with many of them returning to in-person competitions after years of virtual events. These five graduating students truly stood out as the best of the best. We extend our well wishes as they continue their studies, confident that FIRST has equipped them for their journey ahead.”

The annual bursaries are named in honour of James Broom and Spencer James, who were students and mentors of FIRST Robotics teams at Maranatha Christian Academy and Belle River High School, respectively. Both James and Spencer inspired those around them, and these bursaries serve as a tribute to their lasting legacy, as noted by Koscielski.

The following students, representing their respective high schools, have been awarded bursaries to support their studies at the indicated post-secondary institutions:

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