THUNDER BAY, ON – EDUCATION – 336 Confederation College students received 429 scholarships, bursaries and awards totalling $183,560 at the annual Awards Recognition Reception.
Confederation College students were recognized for their academic achievement and community involvement. In addition, the event provided an opportunity for students and the College community to thank donors for their continued support.
“It can be difficult to balance work and family life on top of the responsibilities of going to school,” said Chris Cartwright, President of the Student Union. “Thanks to the support of our remarkable donors, these awards help to relieve some of the financial burden for our students, freeing up more time for them to focus on their studies.”
One such student, Darryl Bear, received the Sturgeon Timber Limited and Anonymous 1 awards. “I went back to school because I wanted to do something for myself to become a better person and for my kids and grandkids so they will appreciate education and hopefully follow in my footsteps,” he said. Darryl is a first generation student from Red Pheasant First Nation in Saskatchewan and is currently enrolled in the College Access program at Confederation College.
“It was a challenge getting started and I wanted to quit a couple of times, but everyone at the College helped me and gave me the support I needed to keep going. These awards allow me to move forward with my education and I am very grateful to the donors.” Darryl hopes to continue his educational journey at Confederation College with a post-secondary program in the fall.
Jim Madder, President of Confederation, echoed the words of thanks. “Because of our very generous donors, we were able to present an incredible number of scholarships, bursaries and awards to students tonight. These awards help our students to achieve their academic goals and, through the actions of our donors, teach them an important lesson in leadership and community.”
Strong financial support and community relationships are paramount to the success of the scholarship, bursary and awards program at Confederation College. The generous contributions from donors help to ensure that students who require financial assistance can put their dreams to work and get the support they need.
Adding this year’s amounts to those of the past five years, with the help of these donors, Confederation College has been able to deliver awards to almost 1700 students, totalling over $950,000.