The legacy of local politician Peter Kormos will live on at Niagara College after his estate contributed $40000 to create annual scholarships for students in the Law Clerk and Social Service Worker programs.
For the next 20 years a $1000 scholarship will be awarded to a student in each of the two programs based on an essay outlining their commitment to social activism. The first awards will be given this year.
“The Law Clerk and Social Service Worker programs are the perfect choice for Peter’s legacy as they combine justice and community service which is what he was all about” said Sherri Wightman trustee of the Kormos estate.
Kormos graduated from Niagara College’s Social Service program in 1973. He leveraged his diploma into entrance to university to pursue a legal career. He started as a criminal defence lawyer in Welland in 1980 and his political career was underway with his 1985 election to Welland City Council.
Elected as an MPP in a provincial by-election in 1988 Kormos was re-elected in every subsequent Ontario general election until his retirement from provincial politics in 2011. He served for 23 years as an MPP. Following his retirement from provincial politics Kormos was elected to Niagara Regional Council in March 2012. He died in March 2013 at the age of 60.
“Over the course of his remarkable career in law and in public service Peter Kormos made a significant impact on the lives of many” said Sean Kennedy Niagara College’s vice president of student and external relations and CEO of the Niagara College Foundation. “This legacy gift will make a difference in the lives of students by providing much-needed support as they pursue their dreams.”
In recognition of his achievements Niagara College nominated Kormos posthumously for a 2013 Premier’s Award in the Community Services category. The Premier’s Awards recognize the outstanding contributions of Ontario college graduates.
Niagara College offers more than 100 diploma bachelor degree and advanced level programs at campuses in Welland Niagara-on-the-Lake and Niagara Falls; as well as more than 600 credit vocational and general interest Part-Time Studies courses. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences advanced technology media applied health and community safety supported by unique learning enterprises in food wine beer horticulture and esthetics. For more information visit NiagaraCollege.ca.
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