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Student's hobby pays off with a scholarship at Mount Royal

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Fedoroshyn's painting that he did of a Burlington Northern Santa Fe locomotive traversing a Canadian Pacific Railway line which he submitted to the Calgary Stampede’s Western Art Scholarship competition earlier this year.

First-year student Tyler Fedoroshyn’s passion for all things rail related, recently paid towards his goal of some day driving trains.

Fedoroshyn belongs to a group of local rail enthusiasts called the Calgary Free-Mo group. They build model trains and travel to places throughout Alberta to share their wares with other rail fans.

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First-year student Tyler Fedoroshyn.

In addition to building scale models, Fedoroshyn is also a painter. He entered a painting that he did of a Burlington Northern Santa Fe locomotive traversing a Canadian Pacific Railway line into the Calgary Stampede’s Western Art Scholarship competition earlier this year.

Three students were selected from the city and three students were selected from rural Alberta as recipients of the art scholarship.

Thinking about the railroad all the live-long day

Fedoroshyn, who is from the Springbank community, competed against other students in the rural category.

Much to his surprise his painting was selected as the Second Place prize winner. Fedoroshyn’s painting was displayed as part of the Calgary Stampede’s Western Art Showcase this past summer.

Fedoroshyn was quite proud to see his work displayed at the Stampede, especially this past summer as the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth was celebrating its centennial.

“I had a couple of people spot it,” he says of his painting during Stampede week.

The prize money for Second Place in the Art Scholarship competition this year was $1,750, a bit higher than it has been in past years.

Fedoroshyn put that money to good use as he applied it to his first semester of studying at Mount Royal.

Passing his time away

Fedoroshyn is currently completing his first year in the Bachelor of Engineering – University Transfer program.

“I will hopefully be going to the U of C next year … and probably after that I’ll be going into electrical engineering,” says Fedoroshyn.

He hopes to take his electrical engineering to pursue a dream job in the railway industry in the future.

For now, he continues to follow his passion, currently working on a painting of Lake Louise station and looks back fondly on the experience of claiming second place in the art competition.

“My parents had a pretty good sum of money already set out for me for university, but it was helpful and really nice to have,” says Fedoroshyn. “It was more of just the experience I think … having won something. It was pretty cool.”

— Fred Cheney, Nov. 23, 2012