College of the North Atlantic (CNA) campuses across the province announced today the winners of 226 annual awards and scholarships at a value of $240,715. These awards are in addition to the 27 presented during the fall semester, valued at $34,013, bringing the provincial total in this academic year to $274,728.
Elizabeth Chaulk, CNA’s Associate Vice President of Learner Services, says awards and scholarships help students on a number of levels.
“It helps them financially with tuition and living costs. No matter what time of the year it is, students can use money. Some students will use their award money to pay on a student loan or line of credit to decrease debt they have accumulated,” Chaulk said. “Winning an award also provides a sense of accomplishment, pride and confidence for the student, and to be recognized at an awards ceremony is an added bonus. It boosts their resume – awards and accomplishments on a resume are very appealing to employers.”
Funds for the Awards Program come from outside donors, which include financial institutions, corporations, local businesses, families, individuals and also the Faculty and Staff Appeal, which is a collection of donations made by CNA employees.
“Once again, we would like to offer our heartfelt thanks to all donors who give so generously to support students at CNA’s 17 campuses in Newfoundland and Labrador. The scholarship and bursary programs provide significant financial support and recognition to hundreds of students every year and are crucial to ongoing student success,” said Elizabeth Kidd, CNA Interim President and CEO. “The college looks forward to continuing its partnership with its many donors and welcomes anyone to get in touch with us to learn more about how they too can contribute to student success and achievement.”
CNA has been presenting scholarships and awards for more than 40 years; Kidd says the funds are crucial to some students completing their chosen program of study. On average, the college hands out close to half a million dollars in awards and scholarships annually when campus-based presentations are also taken into consideration.
“While the tuition structure in this province remains at lower levels than others, student debt is still very real for students. For that reason, scholarships and bursaries continue to play an important role in reducing debt by covering expenses like tuition, books, rent, transportation and reducing student loan debt,” Kidd said.
For the full list of provincial awards and scholarship winners at each campus visit http://www.cna.nl.ca/student-support/award-winners.aspx
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College of the North Atlantic