November 09, 2012 - 4:55 PM
Students at Okanagan College's Vernon campus were honoured during an award ceremony Thursday night.
Scholarship awards and $45,750 in bursaries were handed out to 41 students in the business, arts and sciences to trades and health programs.
"Each one of these students has made an outstanding contribution to their own future by applying themselves to their studies, and acting as a role model for others," says North Okanagan Regional Dean, Jane Lister.
Some students received more than one award including Bachelor of Business Administration student Nicole Hamming. She received the Valley First Credit Union award and the Alf Peters Memorial Award.
"These awards, along with ones I received earlier, mean that I've been able to go to school without needing any student loans and that's taken a load of stress off," said Hamming.
Hamming graduated from Pleasant Valley Secondary School in Armstrong and is specializing in accounting with plans to become a Chartered Accountant.
While students benefit from recognition and money they receive for their efforts, the awards night also reflects the long-lasting relationships that have been built between local donors who realize helping students builds a stronger community.
"These partnerships have a lasting legacy and donors get to see the impact their contribution makes every year when they take part in this awards night," said the executive director of the Okanagan College Foundation, Kathy Butler.
This year, 281 students were recognized across all OC campuses, totalling 360 awards worth $324,420. Last year, the Okanagan College Foundation gave out more than $700,000 in scholarships and bursaries.
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