KENTVILLE, NS - A substantial gift to the Nova Scotia Community College’s Make Way Campaign will mean annual tuition support for four students.
The Rotary Club of Wolfville – Mud Creek made a $110,000 donation to the fundraising campaign at a recent event at the NSCC Kingstec Campus in Kentville where details of the new Mud Creek Rotary NSCC Entrance Award were revealed. Make Way – The Campaign for NSCC is a $25-million fundraising initiative aimed at supporting students on their NSCC journey.
NSCC president Don Bureaux said they know that the gift will open doors for students who want to study at the college. As the college prepares for convocation ceremonies at campuses across the province, Bureaux said he knows there will be graduates crossing the stage who have achieved success thanks to the support of awards such as the Mud Creek Rotary NSCC Entrance Award.
“We see on a daily basis the challenges our students face and how, with help, they can overcome those challenges,” Bureaux said. “On behalf of our staff and students, I want to express our gratitude for this wonderful investment.”
Beginning this year, the entrance award will provide financial assistance to one student from Central Kings Rural High School, Horton High School, Northeast Kings Education Centre and West Kings District High School every year in perpetuity.
“We hope to create a legacy that will lend a helping hand to four Grade 12 students from our communities every year, taking into account financial need,” Rotary Club of Wolfville – Mud Creek president Tom Herman said.
He said the intent is to recognize students who demonstrate leadership through extra-curricular activities, volunteer work or community involvement, which they consider important building blocks on the road to becoming contributing members of our communities. Herman said they know there will be “amazing” applicants who will seek out this support and Mud Creek Rotary is pleased to be able to offer it.
First-year NSCC Kingstec Campus Electronic Engineering Technician student Jeremiah Banks understands the importance of bursary support, which he received during the past academic year. He said financial help is a huge thing for a lot of students who don’t have traditional support or something to fall back on.
“Almost more than the funds, just receiving awards is a huge encouragement, knowing there are people out there in the community who want to support me, and other students, who want to do something great,” Banks said.
He said this support is a beautiful thing that is really important for students of all backgrounds. Banks is pleased that there will be even more opportunities for his peers because of the donation.
NSCC Kingstec Campus convocation ceremonies are taking place on June 18.