Campbell River North Island College students are getting a huge helping hand thanks to NIC Foundation donors.

The college says 150 students in Campbell River received a record $136,000 in NIC scholarships and bursaries this year.

One of those students, Julie Watson says she returned to school to pursue a new career in business and found a large community of support at NIC, from instructors and fellow students to the advisors, volunteers, tutors and students’ union.

“Another thing I did not expect to discover was the extensive network of ‘givers’ supporting the students of North Island College,” said Watson. “I realized that this would be my chance to personally say thank you … to the two groups that have helped me out specifically, and to the host of other organizations that have supported my hardworking classmates,” said Watson.

This year, a total of $534,000 was available to students in various scholarships and bursaries.

Something North Island College Executive Director Randall Heidt says wouldn’t be possible without donors.

“We would not be able to provide this record level of support without the generosity of our donors who continue to invest in education and the future of our students and the community. Campbell River’s future is here.”