Dawson student wins Hawaii scholarship

  • May. 31, 2010 3:00 p.m.

For the third time in a row, a G.M. Dawson student has won the Fernandez Earle Foundation scholarship to attend university in Hawaii. Seventeen-year-old Eric Terryberry of Masset learned last week that he was the successful applicant for the scholarship, which covers tuition and all other expenses for four years at the Hawaii Pacific University. Mr. Terryberry said he found out he’d won when he was called to the school office for a phone call from someone at the foundation. “She asked me how my day was going so far, and then she said it was about to get a whole lot better,” he said. The grade 12 student said he was inspired to apply for the scholarship by former G.M. Dawson students Leigh Anna Marks and Meghan Brasier, who won it in 2007 and 2008 and are now attending Hawaii Pacific U. The rigorous selection process involved writing an essay and then a face-to-face interview with four board members from the Fernandez Earle Foundation, who came to Masset to talk to the students who had applied. Mr. Terryberry, who moved to Masset with his family when he was in grade 9, told interviewers that he will be an excellent ambassador for Haida Gwaii, that he has volunteered for many community organizations, including the fire department, the food bank and the Timmy Telethon, and that he is very involved in sports like roller hockey, tennis and soccer. He plans to study towards a bachelor’s of science degree in nursing. His interest in nursing was sparked by his younger sister, now 12, who has a medical condition and has spent a lot of time in hospitals, he said. After graduating from university, he would like to work as a travelling nurse, and also work here on the islands. The Fernandez Earle scholarship was established in 2001 in memory of Kane Fernandez of Hawaii, and Roger Earle of Vancouver. The two men shared a love of sportsfishing in Haida Gwaii and wanted to help students from the islands attend university. So far, five students from the islands have attended or are attending Hawaii Pacific University, and Mr. Terryberry will be the sixth.