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Wednesday, 26 October 2011 16:17

Scholarships handed out to GPC students

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Great Plains College awarded $168,500 in scholarships to students of its Swift Current Campus at its annual Contributors’ Reception, held Oct. 26 at the college.

With the help of its generous donors — more than 150 of them — the Growing the Future campaign has allowed the college to award $527,500 in scholarships since the campaign began in 2007.

“Our entrance scholarships allow our students to get an education right here at home in the Southwest,” said Karen Richmond, Swift Current Campus region manager. “There are many high demand careers in our corner of the province and the scholarships help our students get the necessary education to work in the region.

“Past graduates of Great Plains College have gone on to work with employers in many different industries across the province. We are very proud that our graduates, through the support of the scholarship program, can go on to contribute across Saskatchewan.”

The Growing the Future campaign was started with the goal of raising $500,000 for scholarship opportunities in five years, a target which was recently surpassed.

The Contributor’s Reception is an opportunity to thank those who have given their support to the college and its students.

The college’s donors come from a variety of industries including community groups, finance, professional services, manufacturing, oil and gas, agriculture, and retail.”

“Great Plains College is proud to provide programming for local students that supports industry and community in southwest Saskatchewan,” said David Francis, president and CEO of Great Plains College.

“We couldn’t carry on the programming we do without the contribution of local donors to the Growing the Future campaign. We see each of our donors as partners in our efforts to meet local employment demands with local graduates.

“Each year, as more community and business donors join us in our efforts, we collectively strengthen the future of the Southwest and allow students to gain a first class education here in Saskatchewan.”

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