School District No. 83 (North Okanagan-Shuswap)

Class of ’77 David MacKay Memorial Scholarship

David George MacKay was born and raised in Salmon Arm, a descendent of a family who arrived in this community at the turn of the twentieth century.  The oldest of three children in the family of Glen and Molly MacKay, he was educated at South Canoe Elementary, Shuswap Junior Secondary, and Salmon Arm Senior Secondary, where he graduated in 1977. 

His outgoing nature, quick wit, and clever pranks made him popular with his classmates.  He enjoyed playing hockey, baseball, tennis, and chess.  He served his country as a member of the local Rocky Mountain Rangers militia unit, including a tour of duty providing security at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal.  An outstanding all around academic student, including a winner in the provincial scholarship exams for algebra, physics, and chemistry, David was excited to be attending the school of engineering at the University of British Columbia following his high school graduation, but tragically he lost his life in a waterskiing accident near Pierre’s Point on the BC Day long weekend that summer. 

To honour his memory, his classmates and family established the David MacKay Memorial Scholarship, awarded to a high school graduate who excelled in the sciences.  The Salmon Arm Minor Hockey Association also has a trophy in his name, awarded to the U17 player or players in the recreational division who demonstrated perseverance and sportsmanship during the hockey season.  His life was too short, but his friendship and compassion for others left a positive impact on all who knew him. 

A student graduating from Salmon Arm Senior Secondary School who has demonstrated strong academic or technical skills, who is of good character and who intends to pursue post-secondary education or training.

2023 Award – one scholarship for $1,500