Miss Achievement NL Scholarship program contestants support Ronald McDonald House

Published on February 21, 2016
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Jamie Lynn Drake of St. Lawrence, 2015 winner of the Isabella Ashley Spirit of Giving Award, with award presenter Barbara Ashley

Miss Achievement Newfoundland and Labrador Scholarship Program is the province's largest program for young women, which awards individuals for academics, promotion of healthy living, public speaking, community service, volunteer work, environmental awareness and performance-related talents.

Among the long list of scholarships provided to deserving contestants entering this program is the Isabella Ashley Spirit of Giving Award. This honourable award is presented to the participant who raises the most money for Ronald McDonald House Newfoundland and Labrador.

The late Isabella Ashley was the honorary patron of the Miss Achievement Newfoundland and Labrador Scholarship Program. She was crowned the first Miss Newfoundland in 193 and was a woman with a genuine spirit of giving and compassion and Ronald McDonald House is delighted to be the beneficiary of this award in her memory. Contestants entered in the Miss Achievement NL program are encouraged to begin their fundraising efforts upon acceptance. During the crowning gala held Nov. 15, 2015, a presentation was made to Ronald McDonald House representatives on behalf of the contestants who collectively raised an outstanding $21,119.65. The 2015 Winner of the Isabella Ashley Spirit of Giving Award was Jamie Lynn Drake of St. Lawrence.