Every day growing up, Ajay Dilawri would sit in chapel at Luther College High School listening to people talk. It was always a fun and informative time, but he never imagined one day that he would be the one at the front of the room talking.
“(Chapel) taught us how you can make a difference in the world and that each individual person in this world can make a difference,” Dilawri said.
On Tuesday, he was the one at the front of the room announcing the Dilawri Foundation was donating $500,000 to the school in order to fund scholarships for underprivileged students.
Dilawri he graduated from the school in 1986. Dilawri now runs the Dilawri Group of Companies which operates car dealerships across the country, with his brothers, Tony and Kap.
Looking back, Dilawri knows his days at Luther helped in his future success, but he knows that not everyone has those opportunities.
“We don’t believe that just because of your financial situation at home that you shouldn’t have a chance of having this experience in life,” he said.
Luther College High School is an independent school, not a private school, meaning it receives partial funding from the province. Students do pay tuition in order to attend. Tuition for a Saskatchewan student is $3,475 per semester.
Between 50 and 60 students out of the 450 attending Luther are funded through scholarships provided by the school — which accounts for $500,000 of its $8 million operating budget. With the Dilawri Foundation donation, eight to nine new students will be given scholarships to attend Luther each year over the course of 10 years.
Students from all walks of life are being considered for these scholarships. Consideration will be taken for potential scholarship recipients who show the ability and desire to work hard.
These new students will add to Luther’s already diverse student population. The school has 80 international students from countries such as Nigeria, Ireland and China.
“Diversity is a big part of Luther College and it always has been. And we want to make sure that everybody that wants to come to Luther College has that opportunity,”said Bryan Hillis, president of Luther College.
Jayden Dreher is the president of the Student Representative Council at Luther and is excited at the prospect of having new students from different walks of life attending the school.
“We already have a very large diversity because we are an international school. But we are always adding to and being able to see different perspectives is an important part of our classroom,” he said.
Students are already being funded through this scholarship and started attending Luther at the start of the school year.
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