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NWCC graduates get lucrative scholarship

TERRACE Two recent Northwest Community College (NWCC) students have been awarded the prestigious Irving K. Barber Transfer Scholarship, each worth $5,000. Prince Ruperts Kaeleen Foote and Terraces Sarah Palahicky are two of just 16 B.C. students selected for the yearly awards, which are given to undergraduate students who have completed two years at a public post-secondary institution in B.C. and are transferring to another degree-granting institution in the province to complete their degrees. Both Foote, who was enrolled in the University Credit program at NWCC, and Palahicky, who took her first two years of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at NWCC, are now studying at the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC). Foote is working towards her Bachelor of Arts Degree in English, while Palahicky needs two more years to earn her Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree. Winners must have a grade point average of at least 3.5 or 87.5 per cent for 54 credits completed and have demonstrated service to their school and/or community. Foote has volunteered on the NWCC Board of Governors as a student representative, with the Prince Rupert Campus student council, at the student-run newspaper and with the Rising Stars program with the Prince Rupert Chamber of Commerce. Meanwhile, Palahicky has given her time to Terraceview Lodge, a ju-jitsu academy, the music ministry at her local church and also was a student council representative in Terrace. These women are terrific role models to all NWCC students, said NWCC President Stephanie Forsyth. To be able to maintain academic excellence while learning outside the classroom through different volunteer capacities is an outstanding achievement the whole College celebrates. Palahicky described earning the scholarship as an accomplishment of one of her life goals. Its really rewarding to win something like thisit shows that hard work pays off, said Palahicky. Forsyth said the scholarships, named after philanthropist and founder of Slocan Forest Products Ltd. Irving K. Barber, are an especially significant award for college students because it recognizes the importance of choice in post-secondary studies. These scholarships help students obtain degrees while allowing them the choice to study closer to home if they so choose, which is a big draw for community colleges such as NWCC, said Forsyth. Working in partnership with the Victoria Foundation, the Irving K. Barber BC Scholarship Society provides scholarships to students attending public post-secondary institutions both throughout the province and internationally. To date, the society has awarded more than $2.2 million in scholarships. They are funded from the returns on a $15-million endowment established by the province in 2006.

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