Miss Achievement Scholarship Program
Isabella Ashley Spirit of Giving Award
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 Charities® Newfoundland and Labrador.
Isabella Ashley was the Honorary Patron of the Miss Achievement Newfoundland and Labrador Scholarship Program, but sadly passed away on December 7, 2012 at the age of 91. Crowned the first ever Miss Newfoundland in 1936, Mrs. Ashley was also the mother of 13 children. She was a woman with a genuine spirit of giving and compassion and we are delighted to be the beneficiary of this award in her memory.
Participants who enter into the Miss Achievement Newfoundland and Labrador Scholarship Program are encouraged to begin their fundraising efforts upon acceptance. No matter who is awarded the Isabella Ashley Spirit of Giving award, each of the contestants are all winners for helping make a difference in lives of sick children and their families. The 2017 Winner of the Isabella Ashley Spirit of Giving Award was Sarah Knight of Blaketown, NL. Radhika Verma of Stephenville was crowned 2017/18 Miss Achievement NL.
During the crowning Gala, held at Holy Heart Theater, a presentation is made to Ronald McDonald House representatives on behalf of the participants. An amazing $18,379 was raised this year by participants in support of Ronald McDonald House Newfoundland and Labrador! What an amazing accomplishment! In previous years, the collective efforts of all contestants raised anywhere between $16,000 and $42,000+ to help the families that stay at Ronald McDonald House.
The Winner of the Weekend Getaway Lottery was Robin Burton. The Prize included: 2 tickets PAL Airlines, spending money, gift cards, Canada 150 Quilt and a two night stay at The Capital Hotel. Thank you to PAL Airlines and The Capital Hotel for the generous donation. We are so grateful to you for your support!
Without the community, Ronald McDonald House would not be able to provide a home for sick children and their families close to the medical care they need. Ronald McDonald House is proud to say that since opening in 2012 they have accommodated more than 1200 families dealing with their child’s illness in St. John’s.
The next Gala event is scheduled for November 2018.
2017 Winner of the Isabella Ashley Spirit of Giving Award – Sarah Knight of Blaketown, NL
Previous Winners of the Isabella Ashley Spirit of Giving Award
2016 – Victoria Dowden of Torbay, NL.
2015 – Jamie Lynn Drake of St. Lawrence, NL.
2014- Shauna Griffiths of Ship Harbour, NL
2013 – Bailey Tarrant of Lawn, NL