The campaign, which was started to help students reduce the financial barriers caused by the pandemic and give them hope for a brighter future, is only $11,000 away from the finish line.
“We want to support 50 students with a $1,000 bursary each to help pay for college so they can reach their educational, career and life goals,” said Randall Heidt, Executive Director of the NIC Foundation. “COVID-19 has been difficult for everyone, but it has been especially challenging for some students who were unable to work or save for their education because of the pandemic.”
Every year, individuals, families, and organizations help about 500 local students, but up to 200 eligible students in need do not receive assistance due to lack of available funds. That number is rising because of COVID-19.
“We are so grateful for NISU’s support and the support of our donors who have helped us raise about $39,000,” said Heidt. “We are hopeful that community members will be inspired by students supporting students and help us raise the final $11,000. 100% of every donation will directly support a student in need.”
Last year’s undersupported applicants included single parents, low-income residents, and disadvantaged youth. With student applications already being accepted online until April 27 at https://foundation.nic.bc.ca/students/, the deadline to receive additional funding into this year’s Awards program is fast approaching.
“In addition to the tragic loss of lives and the immediate financial strain the pandemic has caused, there is also a potential long-term impact to the economy,” Heidt said. “Our communities cannot afford a gap in an educated and skilled workforce that COVID-19 threatens to create.”