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StFX student Madison Lewis receives 2017 Holly Bartlett Memorial Bursary

April 21st, 2017
Madison Lewis (second left) accepts the bursary from Holly’s mother Marion Bartlett (second right), Holly’s sister Amanda Jenkins (right), and Financial Aid Officer Mary Fisher-MacDonnell (left).

Madison Lewis, a fourth year honours Bachelor of Science student in Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science, is the 2017 recipient of the Holly E. Bartlett Memorial Bursary.

On Friday, April 21, a gathering was held on campus for the family of Holly Bartlett to meet and present this year’s recipient of the memorial bursary. Members of the StFX community gathered with Holly’s mother, Marion Bartlett, and sister, Amanda Jenkins, for the ceremony in the Annex to celebrate the memory of StFX graduate Holly Bartlett and present the annual award.

The $500 award, started by the Bartlett family and friends, is available to a full-time undergraduate female student enrolled in 30 credits or more. Students must be from Atlantic Canada and have a minimum average of 75. The student must also demonstrate financial need and a commitment to community service and student.

Ms. Lewis, who is from Charlottetown, PEI, will graduate in May having been named to the Dean’s List in all four years of her studies at StFX. She has been accepted to medical school and will start her studies at Memorial University of Newfoundland in the fall.  

While at StFX, Ms. Lewis was also a recipient of a $6,000, 12-week Irving Research Mentorship Award, presented through the Frank McKenna Centre for Leadership, which enabled her to research Sjogren’s syndrome, one of the most common systemic rheumatic autoimmune diseases, under the supervision of StFX professor Dr. Xu (Sunny) Wang.

Ms. Bartlett was born in Halifax, NS, with an eye condition called Microphtalmia characterized by small underdeveloped eyes. By the time she was 13 she rapidly lost what little sight she had. She graduated from Prince Andrew High in June 1997 with several awards and scholarships including The Walter & Wayne Gretzky Scholarship. She and her guide dog Willow started classes at StFX that fall. 

In 2002, she graduated from StFX with an honours arts degree in psychology, earning a spot on the dean’s list. She also attended Carleton University, received her human resources certificate from the Nova Scotia Community College, and at the time of her death in 2010, was working for the Department of Community Services and enrolled at Dalhousie University where she was working toward her master’s in public administration. Her degree was awarded posthumously May 2011.

Ms. Bartlett is remembered as an independent young woman, with a great sense of humour, who never wanted her disability to define who she was. She was always looking for her next adventure and experienced sky diving, rock climbing and swing dancing.

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