Through the generosity and insight of Bill Cooper, The William (Bill) Cooper Entrepreneurship Fund was established in 2010.
Through this fund a $1,000 4-H Scholarship opportunity was created in 2010, and awarded to Colin Haggart of Abbey Saskatchewan. Colin, a graduating 4-H member of 12 years has just recently completed a two-year term as 18-Year Old Delegate on the Saskatchewan 4-H Council Board of Directors. Colin hopes to continue being involved with 4-H as a future 4-H leader with the Abbey-Lancer 4-H Beef Club. Colin is a farmer and a welder. He owns Thunderstruck Welding Services in Abbey. His vision is to expand and put together a mobile unit to help serve more farmers in remote areas.
At this year?s Saskatchewan 4-H Council Appreciation Banquet, Mr. Cooper presented Colin with a signed copy of a book called ?Birth of a Boom?, written by Suzanne Paschall. Birth of a Boom is a story of the lives and legacies of Saskatchewan Entrepreneurs.
Colin says; ?The William (Bill) Cooper Entrepreneurship Scholarship is the most meaningful award that I have won; not only as an entrepreneur, but as a 4-H member. For years I have tried and tried for a scholarship, but was unsuccessful, and it was a goal of mine as a junior member to win a 4-H scholarship. It wouldn?t have happened if I gave up. I can?t really explain how much it has meant to me; the implementation of a new scholarship to the 4-H program has not only assisted me, but will assist future 4-H members down the road.?
This inspired Mr. Cooper to increase the scholarship opportunity to two in 2011. This year?s recipients are: Manddy March of Big Beaver and Carla Schmitt of Arborfield.
The William (Bill) Cooper Entrepreneurship Fund is open to other organizations and/or individuals, who like Bill, want to invest in the youth of Saskatchewan who are considering an education in business. The funds are invested with RBC Dominion Securities and managed by the Saskatchewan 4-H Foundation.
The Saskatchewan 4-H Program is truly grateful for individuals like Bill Cooper who recognize the important value the 4-H program plays in educating youth. His financial support allows us to continue providing opportunities to 4-H members that will help them become the leaders of tomorrow!
If you would like more information on how you can invest in The William (Bill) Cooper Entrepreneurship Fund, or start one of your own, please call the provincial 4-H office at 933-7727.