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Northwest Community College grants $80,000 in student awards

Northwest Community College awarded approximately $80,000 to a total of 97 students from across the College region this fall. These awards and their recipients include: Prince Rupert Business Administration Diploma student Kimberly Mowatt won three awards including the Minerva Foundation for Aboriginal Women in BC Award, granted for academic proficiency and financial need; the CGA Academic Excellence Scholarship, for a student who has completed the first year of a two-year diploma program in accounting with academic excellence; and the Northern Institute for Resource Studies scholarship, for which recipients are nominated by instructors. Another multiple award winner from Prince Rupert, Ashley McCrea, a diploma student in NWCCs Applied Coastal Ecology (ACE) program, won the Mathis Duerst Memorial Scholarship, given to a student enrolled in the fourth term of the (ACE) program who has achieved the highest grade point average in terms one through three. In Terrace, a pair of Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art students were inaugural winners of the YVR Art Foundation Award. Sophia Beaton and Todd Stephens both fit the criteria as BC residents who have demonstrated potential in visual arts in the Northwest Coast style; have been able to create projects that are suitable for display in public buildings; have been willing to exhibit their award winning artwork at the Vancouver International Airport for a period of one year; and have identified and worked with a mentor to facilitate their ongoing learning process. Samantha Stewart of Kitimat received the Trades and Technology Instructor Award, which goes annually to a first-year Trades student and recent graduate of either Caledonia Senior Secondary or Mount Elizabeth Senior Secondary. Stewart, enrolled in the Automotive Service Technician program, was selected for the award by her high school teachers. Hazelton student Tania Gawa, a Culinary Arts Diploma student, was one of two other recipients of a Minerva Foundation Award for BC Women. Vanessa Shirley, a Career & College Prep student studying in Terrace, was the other. From the Queen Charlotte Islands, University Credit student Tristan Cober was one of 12 winners of an NWCC Entrance Scholarship. The others were: Cole Bjorndal, Alvin Brodie, Brad Hildebrandt, Kyla Keiver, Amanda Knight, Miranda Leffler, Darlene Mark, Jeffrey Nelson, Morgan Oleksewich, Melisa Park and Brooke Perkins. Finally, the biggest winner was a student from outside the region enrolled in the Northern Collaborative Nursing Program in Terrace. Katie Chan of Maple Ridge won the $10,000-BC Medical Services Foundation Nursing Bursary. Awards were handed out at recent luncheons held at the NWCC campuses in Terrace and Prince Rupert. Sponsors, College Faculty and Staff, and student winners attended the ceremonies.

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