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Bursaries a Boon for College Students

Getting Students Help When They Need It

Learning to deal with financial pressure is as much a part of post-secondary life as final exams, but financial aid opportunities at Selkirk College help ease stress for students focused on success.

When she enrolled in the Selkirk College Resort & Hotel Management Program (RHOT) straight out of Nakusp Secondary School in 2013, Kim Hill discovered one of the biggest challenges was how to pay the bills at the end of the month. Though she had a student loan, Hill was looking for some relief and applied for the Robert Leoppky Bursary.

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A graduate of Nakusp Secondary School, Resort & Hotel Management Program student Kim Hill is one of the many students who has benefitted from the substantial scholarship and bursary opportunities at Selkirk College.

“I didn’t expect much when I filled out the application, but when I received the notification in the mail just a couple days before Christmas… for me that was the biggest Christmas present I could get,” she says.

The Robert Leoppky Bursary is one of Selkirk College’s newest financial awards and was started by Atlific Hotels & Temple Hotels Inc. in 2013 in honour of the late Robert Leoppky. Each year RHOT students receive $10,000 in bursaries that pay tribute to a man who spent 40 years in the hotel industry. Hill was one of the four students last year who received $2,500 each.

“I was at the point where I was thinking I had to get a job, but when I received the bursary that enabled me to focus more on school,” says Hill.

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