Anne Beaty Memorial Scholarship

Date: 12th July 2017

Airdrielife magazine is pleased to announce the formation of the Anne Beaty Memorial Scholarship for Journalism and Communication students.

The scholarship is to honour Anne’s significant contributions to communications in the Airdrie community. $1000 will be awarded to a recipient in October.

The scholarship fund is being launched today with more than $6000 through the generous contributions of family, friends and peers. TD Canada Trust has donated the bank account and contributed $1000 to the scholarship fund.

“We’re very honoured to set up this scholarship account and make a contribution. I think it’s well known how we value and support our libraries, but at TD we value and support literacy, in general, and this scholarship certainly reflects our values,” says Derrick Cresswell-Clough, District Vice President, TD Canada Trust Alberta South-Central Prairie Region.

After graduating from Mount Royal College’s journalism program in 1994, Anne Beaty spent 14 years with the Airdrie Echo, 10 as reporter/photographer and four as editor. Anne joined airdrielife as a freelance journalist in 2009. In 2010 she took over the role of editor until her retirement in 2016.

“Anne’s contributions to the Airdrie community touched so many lives, from fellow reporters and the people she interviewed, to how her stories and coverage affected change, and I personally miss being able to defer to Anne for her excellent judgement on managing content and her counsel on day-to-day editorial issues. She was a calm voice of reason,” says airdrielife publisher Sherry Shaw-Froggatt.

Anne’s family is pleased to have this legacy created in Anne’s name.

“Anne truly believed in the importance of being a lifelong learner, and she was the prime example of this. Earning a journalism degree from Mount Royal University, a BA degree in political science from the University of Calgary and, later, an MA from the U of C’s Centre for Military and Strategic Studies,” says Kate Vogelaar, Anne’s oldest daughter. “She was a professional journalist and photographer, and eventually an editor par excellence.”

“She would be so pleased to know that through this scholarship, students seeking post-secondary education in journalism and communications have some extra financial help,” says Anne’s mom Jeanne Keller Beaty, who is also a former journalist.

“Mom’s love of the written word was such an inspiration to everyone who had read any of her wonderfully written pieces,” says Anne’s youngest daughter Sarah Christie. “Her thirst for knowledge and her willingness to share that vast knowledge was so selfless. She leaves an incredible void in the lives of all who knew her.”

The scholarship will be awarded annually for $1000. Nominations are accepted online at until September 30, 2017 for the first year. The recipient will be notified in October. The selection committee consists of airdrielife publisher Sherry Shaw-Froggatt and Anne’s family, Jeanne Kelley Beaty, Kate Vogelaar and Sarah Christie.

About the scholarship

The Anne Beaty Scholarship is for a Journalism/Communication student who is passionate about the written word.

The scholarship is open to Rockyview area high school students/graduates who demonstrate:

  • Outstanding academic achievement
  • Is a dedicated community member
  • Who has proven leadership skills
  • A student who is entering into post-secondary studies or is currently enrolled in post-secondary education.

Applications are available online at

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