College of the Rockies celebrates annual Awards Ceremony

The 2018/19 academic year saw the addition of three new financial awards

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Group of graduating college students.

College of the Rockies presented over $89,000 to deserving students at the annual Awards Ceremony held on Thursday, May 2. — Photo courtesy College of the Rockies

College of the Rockies celebrated the annual Awards Ceremony on Thursday, May 2, awarding 114 scholarships, bursaries, and awards valued at over $89,000 to deserving students.

“These awards are made possible through the support we receive from our business, industry, and community partners,” said Doris Silva, Director of Student Affairs. “That support is instrumental in helping students achieve their goals of attending post-secondary school and moving into successful careers.”

The 2018/19 academic year saw the addition of three new financial awards. Four Teck Scholarships were awarded to students in the College’s Electrician and Heavy Mechanical programs. In June 2018, Teck donated $1 million to the College, with $100,000 of those funds designated for scholarships.

A $45,000 donation made by the Echoridge Foundation will benefit students in Nursing, Welding, and Early Childhood education for many years to come, while a $1,000 award was made available this year thanks to a generous donation from the Cranbrook Snowmobile Club.

Continuing a long tradition of supporting College of the Rockies students, Columbia Basin Trust upped their annual contribution by $10,000, making over $45,000 in Trust awards available this academic year.

“We are so grateful to all of our award, bursary, and scholarship contributors for their commitment to ensuring the success of College of the Rockies students,” Silva added.

Businesses, organizations, and individuals interested in establishing a scholarship, bursary, or award are encouraged to contact Graham Knipfel, Director of Donor and Alumni Engagement at [email protected] or by phone at 250-489-8263.

About College of the Rockies

For more than 40 years, College of the Rockies has provided post-secondary education that meets the needs and aspirations of the people, industry and businesses of our region. Each year, we welcome more than 10,000 full-time and part-time students into a full range of programs, including: skilled trades, university studies, adult upgrading, early childhood education, health and human services, business, office administration, tourism, hospitality, recreation, fire services, continuing education and contract training. Through smaller class sizes, highly-personalized instruction and dedicated support services, our students are primed to succeed in the job market, or in the next stage of their academic journey.

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