Want to take your genealogy hobby to the next level? The new Brian W. Hutchison Genealogical Scholarship can help.
Alberta Family Histories Society (AFHS) member and past Chair, George Lake, hopes it will increase interest and awareness for family history research.
"Brian Hutchison created the scholarship to encourage Canadians to undertake professional training in genealogy," Lake says. Hutchison, a former long-time resident of Alberta, is a professional genealogist and hopes the financial assistance will encourage Canadians to study genealogy.
The scholarship will be administered through AFHS and be overseen by the Brian Hutchison Scholarship Committee.
"This is our first year offering the scholarship, but we will be offering it on an annual basis," says Lake. The scholarship will be awarded to the successful candidate regardless of any other grant or scholarship monies earned.
The study of genealogy and family history must be done in a recognized educational or accreditation program. Some schools offering qualifying courses are the University of Toronto, Brigham Young University (USA), Genealogical Institute of the Maritimes (Canada), National Institute for Genealogical Studies (Canada), and The Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies (England). The candidate may propose another qualified institution of their choosing and the course(s) can be done by correspondence or online.
For more information, visit the AFHS web site at www.afhs.ab.ca. Application deadline is December 31, 2004 and the first scholarship will be awarded in May 2005.