$70,000 in NIC awards available to Oceanside students

More than $375,000 also available region wide

In 2017, Oceanside residents Pieter de Reuver and Salud Espiritu, of the Pieter de Reuver Foundation (front row), celebrated 10 NIC students who received a total of $10,000 to help them achieve their educational goals. In 2018, Oceanside residents could be eligible for at total of $70,000 to support their studies at NIC.

Students in the Parksville Qualicum Beach area will have access to up to $70,000 in new NIC scholarships and bursaries this year, thanks to the Pieter de Reuver Foundation.

The scholarships are part of to a record $375,000 in financial awards available to all NIC students who apply online before the April 25, 2018 deadline.

With one application, students can apply for more than 415 awards, valued at up to $5,000, up significantly from last year’s record $290,000 award total.

“This is the second year in a row we have more funds available to students than ever before,” said Randall Heidt, NIC vice president of strategic initiatives. “We can’t thank our amazing donors enough for providing these life-changing awards.”

The awards are available to students coming directly from high school, students retraining for a new career as well as those who are in the middle of programs or graduating. 

Students are eligible for hundreds of awards based on their academic performance, financial need, career interests or community involvement.

Lisa Moyes, NIC Foundation board chair and donor knows the difference the awards can make to students and communities.

“When we support our students’ dreams, we give them a chance to build a solid future for themselves and their families,” Moyes said. “In turn, they become our nurses, accountants, teachers, electricians, artists and business owners, supporting the strength and growth of our communities.”

The money represents a significant investment in North Island students and communities and addresses a tangible need.

Since 1991, the NIC Foundation has provided almost $3 million to more than 4,000 students throughout the college region. For many students, attending college would not have been possible were it not for this generosity.

The award application deadline is April 25, 2018. Visit foundation.nic.bc.ca/students for an awards list and online application form.

To learn how you can assist NIC students or for more information, contact the NIC Foundation at 250-334-5040 or 250-334-5249.

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