Colden Palo is one of 7 exceptional Canadian-Estonian youth to be granted a 2019 EFC Scholarship. Colden is a 3rd year Vocal Performance student at the University of Alberta. He hopes to become a professor of Music in the future. His family celebrated numerous Estonian traditions growing up and he describes this connection “… The act of singing a piece in your father’s language is a profound experience, and one that makes me very proud as a first generation Canadian.”
On being Estonian:
“Estonia boasts incredible artistry and technology, and a beautiful language.… Estonia lives on in my father, but my mother also embraced this special heritage... Estonia means never giving up and celebrating uniqueness and diversity. I see these values in my family, and I am thankful for the heritage that we get to celebrate.”
On the role of EFC:
“The history and legacy of Estonia is an important thing to protect, and the Estonian Foundation of Canada is committed to just that. …The significance of an organization such as the EFC cannot be overstated, due to its commitment to preserving Estonian heritage and supporting its people in Canada. Ultimately, the EFC brings Estonians together in Canada, allowing us to celebrate our past and look forward to an exciting future.”
Thanks to the generosity of our donors, Estonian Foundation of Canada has granted over 130 scholarships to Canadian-Estonian youth since 2003. See www.estonianfoundation.ca for details on eligibility and application dates or to make a donation to help support youth in our community.