Soaring Start to Semester at Scholarship Evening

Annual Event in Castlegar Recognizes Academic Excellence


Selkirk College celebrated student excellence and achievement at its annual Scholarship Evening.

More than 350 students, donors, faculty and family members attended the September 4th special event that was held in the Castlegar Campus gymnasium. In total 275 awards, worth more than $175,000, was provided to help students reach their educational goals.

“It’s important to bring students and donors together on one special evening to recognize the importance of scholarships in the educational journey,” said Joleen Kinakin, Selkirk College Donor/Alumni Relations Coordinator.

Scholarship Evening

More than $175,000 in scholarships was awarded this year to students. Celine Clemence Magneche Nde was one of the students to be recognized, winning the International Education Scholarship and the Prestige Lakeside Resort & Convention Scholarship.

Director of Human Resources and Community Relations Gary Leier provided the event opening and Selkirk College Board Chair Bruce Morrison welcomed those in attendance on behalf of the governing body. President Angus Graeme then spoke about the importance of scholarships and the donors that generously provide the resources that allow the College to award financial incentives every year.

Those in attendance were introduced to the students who showed up in person to receive their awards. The smiling faces and proud family members brightened the gymnasium.

Nursing Student Caps Evening with Excellent Speech

The evening’s final words came from third-year Nursing Program student Catharina Bass-Sylvester who received three different scholarships for her academic excellence.

“The students in this room are diverse in backgrounds, interests and academic pursuits, but we are united here together because of our desire to learn and because of the support of you, the donors,” said Bass-Sylvester. “The great thing about Selkirk College is it welcomes people from all over and gives them a platform to succeed. Your monetary contributions have supported us individually in our pursuits, but it extends beyond the individual to support a community.”

Bass-Sylvester emphasized the important advantages a Selkirk College education can provide.

“So this is how I would like to offer thanks, on behalf of all the students here, with an acknowledgement that the opportunities we enjoy here at Selkirk College will extend beyond these walls,” she said. “As we continue our studies and venture out into the world equipped with a stellar education and unburdened with crippling debt, we will share your dedication to education, your commitment to caring and community as we contribute to a better society.”


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