Apply Early & Win – 2015 Contest Winners is proud to announce the winners of the 2015 Apply Early & Win contest. More importantly, we’re proud to be supporting our winners in paying for their college education with three cash prizes - $2,000 for the first place winner, $1,000 for the second place winner and $500 for the third place winner.

Benjamin Weingartner accepting his prize moneyL to R: Benjamin Weingartner, Fréderic Nickner

1st Place – $2,000
Benjamin Weingartner, Mohawk College

Hearing the news that he’d won the $2,000 grand prize left Benjamin Weingartner speechless when he got the call from And although he’s already paid his tuition, he’s sure he’ll be able to put his prize money to good use.

Ben is currently enrolled in Community Integration through Co-Operative Education (CICE) at Mohawk College, a program that gives students with intellectual disabilities and other learning challenges the opportunity to experience college life and pursue postsecondary education.

Ashley Stevens accepting her prize moneyL to R: Ashley Stevens, Sandra Turner

2nd Place – $1,000
Ashley Stevens, Confederation College

Second place winner Ashley Stevens was extremely happy to have received her $1,000 prize – especially with a baby on the way. She said the money will help ease the financial stress of being a new mother and full-time student, and plans to use her winnings towards her student loan.

Ashley is currently taking Pre-Health Sciences at Confederation College to prepare for her dream program - Medical Radiation Technology. The hands-on learning environment and being close to home made studying at the Fort Frances campus an easy choice.

Shawn Dekker accepting his prize moneyL to R: Patti Lartigue, Shawn Dekker

3rd Place – $500
Shawn Dekker, Conestoga College

Shawn Dekker, who took third place in the contest, always knew he wanted to get into policing. After graduating from Police Foundations at Conestoga College, he chose to enhance his skills by enrolling in the Advanced Police Studies graduate certificate program.

The most appealing aspect of the program for Shawn was the 5 week work placement, which gives him first-hand experience in various types of policing. He said the $500 prize will help cover his expenses while working in the field.