The Indian River High graduate received a Chappell Scholarship — a nearly $500,000 fund for students of Indian River High from the estate of Lloyd Chappell, son in-law of Springdale pioneer Harvey Grant — at the year-end ceremony last month.
Piercey plans to attend the Grenfell Campus of Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador in the fall. The Nellie Weir Grant Scholarship valued at $4,000 is expected to go toward an eventual teaching degree, something she will likely complete in St. John’s.
The cross-province journey for education pales in comparison to her eventual goals in life.
“I have been interested in Asian cultures for numerous years now,” the South Brook girl said. “I listen to a lot of Korean music, so that is why I chose that area.”
The financial implications of the scholarship are significant for Piercey. She said she doesn’t have savings to begin her education and the reduced debt will be beneficial for her in the future.
“It means so much actually,” she said.
Eventually being a teacher in South Korea would make a lot of hard work and dedication pay off.
“It would mean a lot because it has been a dream of mine for about four or five years now,” she said.
Obtaining this scholarship and enrolling at Grenfell are the first steps in realizing that dream.
Other Chappell Scholarship winners
The Mae Grant Chappell Scholarship valued at $4,000 went to Christopher Yates, while Dillon McPhee won the Myrtle Grant Scholarship valued at $1,000.
Last month, Indian River High handed out nearly $50,000 in awards and scholarships to its students.