More NIC awards available in Port Alberni this year

Apply by April 25, 2018 to be eligible for $375,000 in awards.

Port Alberni students can now apply for their share of $375,000 in NIC scholarships and bursaries. The online award application process closes April 25, 2018.

Port Alberni students have one week left to apply for a record number of scholarships and bursaries available to students interested in attending North Island College next yea

NIC has more than 415 awards, valued at up to $5,000 each to students, available this year.  The total – coming in at more than $375,000 is up significantly from last year’s $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. 

With one online application, students become 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 region. For many students, attending college would not have been possible were it not for this generosity.

This year’s awards include a new $2,000 Dawn Marie Markle Memorial Bursary. The kind-hearted, life-long Port Alberni resident and former NIC student designated the award to help other individuals pursue their dreams and interests through NIC. Preference will be given to full-time Alberni Valley Learning District student taking culinary arts at the Port Alberni campus, however NIC human services, social service and health care students will also be considered. Students are also eligible to apply for $70,000 in new awards from the Pieter de Reuver Foundation, along with many other long-standing Port Alberni and college-wide scholarships and bursaries.

The award application deadline is April 25, 2018. Visit 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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