Spur03St. Mary’s may be a small campus, but its students and alumni are making a big impression on the academic community, having recently being awarded three of the six RBC Emerging Scholars spots at the Spur Festival in Calgary this past April.

Founded in 2013, this nationwide festival of politics, arts and ideas is proving to be a catalyst for change in Canada. Spur Festival partner – RBC Emerging Scholars Program – gives students and recent graduates in each host city the opportunity to apply for a select number of scholarships to participate in and gain special access at the Festival.

Jaden Baragar, a student in Psychology and English, Evageline Mably, a Bachelor of Education student and alumna Ashley Hartley (Bachelor of Arts in English) were excited to be a part of the Spur Festival that took place April 23-25, 2015 here in Calgary. The three RBC Emerging Scholars were inspired by the Spur Festival’s 2015 theme, “Alone, Together”.

spur04St. Mary’s ambassadors in the RBC Emerging Scholars program participated in panel discussions and were inspired by the festival’s format that reinforced a message of social consciousness. Throughout the course of the Spur Festival, the three emerging scholars attended sessions that addressed issues such as mental health, sports and community, homelessness, sustainability, politics, and arts. “Spur is all about spurring conversation and is not just slimmed down to politics, arts, and ideas, “said Jaden Baragar of her festival experience.