Over 235 North Island College students in the Comox Valley received more help than ever this year with $258,000 in scholarships and bursaries.

This is all thanks to generous NIC Foundation donors.

At a recent donor reception, nursing student Keisha Korhonen Henry says the support she received from donors greatly impacted her time at NIC.

“Every scholarship and bursary I have received throughout this program has been enormously appreciated,” says Korhonen Henry. “Attending school for four years as a parent is stressful enough with the workload required to complete assignments plus maintain a household. Every time you donate to a student bursary or scholarship, you are alleviating stress from a student who may someday be your nurse, your accountant, your carpenter, your mechanic or your office administrator.”

$534,000 in scholarships and bursaries were made available this year to NIC students across the region.

“It’s incredible to see the difference that scholarships and bursaries can make to our students as they pursue their educational goals,” says Randall Heidt, Executive Director of the NIC Foundation. “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.”

The NIC Foundation has been advancing student success, education and community growth for more than 26 years.

It supports students through scholarships and bursaries, equips classrooms with current technology and ensures the best possible learning facilities are accessible while giving students the opportunity to pursue post-secondary education.

If you would like to learn more about supporting the NIC Foundation, visit this website.