$220,000 in Awards Available for NIC Students

Over 300 NIC students are positively impacted each year by the financial support they receive from the donors who contribute to the North Island College Foundation.

To a student, receiving an award can mean slightly lower debt or working less and focusing on their studies more throughout the school year.

Sometimes it can even be the difference between the opportunity for a post-secondary education or not.  It can change a life.

When Tree Murdock, a recent graduate of NIC’s Bachelor of Business degree program, applied for support through the NIC Foundation in 2008, she was about to complete her diploma and was considering further education but unsure of what her next steps would be.

“When I got the letter from the Foundation saying I was an award recipient, I was pretty excited,” says Murdock.  “It just got me so stoked again.  I felt I could follow my dreams and that there were people out there who wanted to see me follow them.  And achieve them.”

NIC Foundation awards are available to students planning to attend North Island College for the first time in September 2012, as well as to continuing and graduating NIC students.

Scholarships are awarded based on high academic standing while bursaries are available to students who demonstrate financial need.

North Island College Awards booklets, which outline all available awards, are accessible online, from any NIC campus, or from high school guidance offices. The application form is also available online at

“As a student, the process of applying for bursaries and scholarships through the NIC Foundation helps you focus on the real reason you need the financial support, on what you want to do with your education,” explains Murdock, 2008 recipient of the CanWest Global Communications Bursary and current employee of ECOdynamic Solutions Inc., Building Links and 1stView. “It makes you reflect on where your current education will take you and what you still hope to achieve.”

The deadline for applications is April 30.  For more information about NIC Awards or for questions or assistance with the application process, contact Beth Turner at 250-334-5000 x 4267 or email

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