Canadian Pacific (CP) & Strathcona Student Scholarship Program 2015

By Captain Ali Raju

For the last few months, Canadian Pacific (CP) and the Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians) [(LdSH(RC)] Regimental Society have scrutinized through numerous applications for the 2015 CP – Strathcona Student Scholarship Program.  The Strathcona’s strong connection to Canadian Pacific has continually been beneficial to both organizations. It has increased awareness of numerous issues facing military members and support to families of those in uniform.

It is a great honour to congratulate the three recipients of this year’s scholarship.  Mr. Travis Taylor received $2,000 from our Commanding Officer, Lieutenant-Colonel Josh Major at the Mariner Room in the presence of numerous Regimental Officers and Non-Commissioned Officers.  Ms. Aleisha Colson and Ms. Michaela Woodrow accepted their $3,000 and $5,000 cheque from Major Jamie Hunter and Master Warrant Officer Tom Holland at the Combat Training Centre in Gagetown, New Brunswick.

These successful applicants were chosen by a panel consisting of members from the LdSH(RC) Regimental Society and CP.  The primary criteria for their selection was based upon their familial connection to the Strathcona’s, academic standing, academic and career goals, community service, and financial need.  Michaela, Aleisha, and Travis’ applications were weighed against the other numerous applicants and they were all found to most closely fulfill the values which the selection panel was looking for.

We wish to reach out to as many people as possible in the Strathcona family.  Since Strathconas and their families are spread all across Canada, we encourage all serving and retired members to pass this on to their loved ones that are pursuing higher education.  


As CP and the LdSH(RC) Regimental Society will continue to offer this scholarship in the future, we request that all applications be received no later than 30 April of each year.  More information can be found on the Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians) Society Website at Once again congratulations to this year’s deserving recipients: Michaela, Aleisha, and Travis.

In summary, on behalf of the large Strathcona family we thank the CP Rail, for their generous partnership with the LdSH(RC) Regimental Society that has made this scholarship possible.