Record year for scholarships, bursaries

A record $240,000 in scholarships and bursaries was presented to 320 North Island College students this year.

A record $240,000 in scholarships and bursaries was presented to 320 North Island College students this year.

The North Island College Foundation surpassed last year’s total by more than $20,000, which means more students from the North Island are being supported in their academic pursuits.

“That we have been able to provide nearly a quarter of a million dollars in financial support to North Island College students across all of our college regions is a phenomenal achievement,” said Susan Auchterlonie, executive director of the North Island College Foundation. “We are so incredibly grateful to the community members, donors and supporters who continue to make these awards possible year after year.”

The Comox Valley Awards reception took place in October at the Comox Recreation Centre, honouring 163 students who collectively received more than $141,980, a record for the Comox Valley.

This regional total accounts for 21 new scholarships and bursaries which were awarded for the first time this year, including 12 awards generously created by the Comox Valley Community Foundation (CVCF).

“This evening was a wonderful opportunity to say thank you in person and to put a name to the face of the people and families behind the awards,” said Jody Broker, recipient of the Credit Union Foundation of BC Bursary.

The North Island College Foundation is a non-profit organization that works in partnership with the communities it serves to provide financial assistance to students. Scholarships and bursaries are the key to helping students get the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed.

“I appreciate your generosity and spirit in the giving of this award. I have a family with three children and this award makes a big difference for us. I want to thank you again for helping me achieve my goal,” said Lisa Clarke, recipient of the Blackhall Family Bursary which supports students taking the Nursing program at the Comox Valley campus.

To donate to the North Island College Foundation, or for more information about scholarships and bursaries, visit www.nic.bc.ca/foundation.

— North Island College

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