Students Welcomed to College With Open Arms
As high school graduates from across the West Kootenay-Boundary get set to close out an important chapter of their lives, Selkirk College is preparing to welcome many of them with more than $65,000 in entrance scholarships.
Over the next couple weeks, Grade 12 students from high schools around the region will be crossing the stage in graduation ceremonies to mark the end of their secondary school careers. As part of the celebrations, Selkirk College will be awarding 50 entrance scholarships to students at 11 different schools.
High school graduation is an annual rite of passage in the West Kootenay-Boundary and Selkirk College is pleased to be part of the excitement.
“This is an exciting time for these young people who have just completed the impressive task of finishing high school,” says Joyce Buckler, Selkirk College’s Donor Services Coordinator. “We’re always pleased when students choose Selkirk College as an option for their post-secondary journey and these entrance scholarships will get them started on the right foot.”
Providing Incentive to Stay Close to Home
The students coming into Selkirk on entrance scholarships will be enrolled in a variety of programs offered by the college from Early Childhood Care & Education to Digital Arts & New Media. Six of the students receiving scholarships are entering the new Rural Pre-Medicine Program which is welcoming its first cohort in September.
Stanley Humphries Secondary (Castlegar) leads the way with 11 students entering Selkirk College on scholarships that range from $500 to $1,500. Other regional schools represented include Trail’s JL Crowe (9), Nelson’s LV Rogers (9), Mount Sentinel Secondary (7), Salmo Secondary (5), Nakusp Secondary (5), Grand Forks Secondary (2) and Boundary Central Secondary (1).
“The prospect of a costly post-secondary education can be daunting for these young people,” says Joleen Kinakin, Selkirk College’s Financial Aid Officer. “Selkirk College is an affordable pathway for students and these scholarships provide even more security as they make their way through their chosen fields of study.”
Every year Selkirk awards approximately $200,000 in scholarships and $180,000 in bursaries to students who attend the regional college.