Bursaries Help Students Focus on Education Goals

Selkirk College's Annual Bursary Tea Set for February 3


The challenges post-secondary students face as they work toward a desired education are varied and relative. Some hurdles are greater than others, but those who embark on a journey at Selkirk College have the option of seeking financial relief through bursaries that help ease the strain.

When she enroled in the Education Assistant & Community Support Worker Program (EACSW) on the Castlegar Campus, Angela Erickson took out a second mortgage on her home. She put her desire to make a difference in the lives of children before her own financial comfort. But the struggle was not easy.

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Angela Erickson is student in the Selkirk College Education Assistant & Community Support Worker Program. She is one of 130 students to receive a bursary that will assist in the financial pressures of post-secondary.

Just before Christmas, Erickson received a letter from Selkirk College informing her of two successful bursary applications that will provide $2,500 towards her education.

“It sent me over the moon when I received a letter from Selkirk College about the bursary,” says the 34-year-old. “If it wasn’t for these bursaries, I’m not sure what we would have done.”

Raised in Castlegar, Erickson’s experience with public school was extremely difficult. Born with a cleft lip and palate, she was badly bullied to the point that she stopped going to school in Grade 6.

“Even now, when I see a school bus I cringe and my stomach turns,” she says. “We all come from something and my childhood wasn’t all bad. It wasn’t always great and it wasn’t always easy, but it has made me the person I am today. Because of what I have gone through, I always try to put myself in somebody else’s shoes and I don’t want any other child to go through it.”

Included in Erickson’s intimate understanding of overcoming massive obstacles are her two children, Brendan (15) and Torsten (8). When her oldest son was four months old, he sustained a brain injury and she was told by health professionals that the road ahead was going to be rough.

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