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North Island College Foundation sets record of giving

NIC student Misko Valent receiving the Acklands-Grainger Equipment Award from NIC President, John Bowman. - Lee Simmons, Island Life Photographics
NIC student Misko Valent receiving the Acklands-Grainger Equipment Award from NIC President, John Bowman.
— image credit: Lee Simmons, Island Life Photographics

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 North Island College. “We are so incredibly grateful to the community members, donors and supporters who continue to make these awards possible year after year.”

The Campbell River Awards reception took place in October at the North Island College Campbell River campus, honouring 70 students who collectively received more than $70,390.

“This reception was a wonderful opportunity to meet the donor and to say thank you to the person who has enabled me to continue my pursuit of academic success,” said Angela Bagley, recipient of the Ann Elmore Haig-Brown Memorial Bursary. “I am so grateful that the importance of my dream is understood; now I have the support and the opportunity to achieve all that I can.”

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 would like to express my heartfelt thanks in being selected to receive two bursaries. This money will lighten the burden of paying tuition and allow me to focus on my education. I feel honoured to be recognized for the hard work I put into my studies,” said Misko Valent, Industrial Automation & Robotics program student and recipient of the Pythian Order Career, Technical, Vocational Program Bursary and the Acklands-Grainger Equipment Award.

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

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