$270,000 in NIC scholarships and bursaries now available

Foundation making 350 awards of up to $3,000 each

Submitted to The Record

Don’t miss your opportunity to apply for $270,000 in NIC Foundation scholarships and bursaries available now at NIC.

The NIC Foundation is making 350 awards of up to $3,000 each available in 2016 to help new, continuing and graduating students achieve their academic and career goals. With one online application, students could be eligible for awards based on their academic performance, financial need, career interests or community involvement.

“When we support the dreams of our students, we give them a chance to build a solid future for themselves and their families,” said Robert Buckley, NIC Foundation board chair and donor. “In turn, they become our nurses, accountants, teachers, electricians, artists, local business owners and so on, supporting the strength and growth of our communities.”

The money represents a significant investment in North Island students and communities and addresses a tangible need.

“NIC students have tremendous talent and potential,” Buckley added. “Helping them achieve their goals is a great honour.”

Since 1991, the NIC Foundation has worked with North Island families, companies, organizations and charities to provide $1.95 million to 3,500 students throughout the college region. For many of the students, attending college would not have been possible were it not for this generosity and support.

New awards this year include the Sealand Aviation and Sealand Aerospace Awards, the Rodgers Family Excellence in Nursing Scholarship, the North Island Employment Foundation Society Award, the Kelly John Memorial Bursary, the Dorothy & Ralph Scott Memorial Bursary and a number of new Business Excellence Awards, created by NIC business administration alumni and the community’s business leaders.

NIC Foundation Executive Director Susan Auchterlonie thanks the growing number of families and organizations for their generous donations.

“The student awards program serves a vital role in supporting access to post-secondary education and helps hundreds of deserving students every year,” she said. “Awards are now available to students in all programming areas and at every NIC campus. Whether you are coming to NIC directly from high school or are retraining for a new career, there’s something for everyone.”

The award application deadline is April 30, 2016. For an awards list and online application form visit www.nic.bc.ca/awards. Workshops to assist applicants are being held at the Campbell River, Port Alberni and Comox Valley campuses, starting March 10.

To learn more about how you can assist NIC students or if you wish further information, please contact Jane Hay at 250-334-5074 or visit www.nic.bc.ca/foundation.


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