SUDBURY – In what has been a challenging year clouded by COVID-19, for close to 1,400 students attending Cambrian College, there has been a silver lining.
They received financial awards totaling more than $1.2 million dollars, distributed by the college. This year, instead of the usual in-person awards reception, the Cambrian College Foundation celebrated donors and recipients in a virtual sense, sharing messages and stories via video and in one-on-one Zoom meetings.
“The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have had a profound impact on our students, including big changes to their financial support systems, such as part-time work,” says Brandi Braithwaite, the College’s Director of Development and Alumni. “This has meant less money for daily necessities like food, rent, school supplies and internet access, which has become so important while navigating new ways of learning throughout this pandemic.”
This year, a significant number of students were helped through the College’s donor-supported Scholarship and Bursary Program. These awards ensure students are positioned for success despite the challenges they may face while pursuing their postsecondary education.
“Our students need our support now more than ever and I cannot express how much of a positive impact our award program donors have made this year,” Braithwaite adds. “I am looking forward to them hearing this for themselves through letters and videos of thanks from their individual award recipients.”
“I have always said that at Cambrian, we are more than a college, we are a community,” adds Cambrian College President, Bill Best. “We are here to help, guide, educate, and support students as they try to manage both their studies and a global pandemic as well. This has been an exceptional year, made possible through the enormous generosity of donors, corporate partners and our great alumni.”
The Cambrian College Foundation exists to champion the college, and to enhance the student experience and learning environment through its awards program and capital initiatives, as well as the purchase of equipment and services that promote a vibrant campus community.
There are many ways to support students through the Cambrian Foundation. Visit www.cambriancollege.ca/donate to learn more.
Photo: Approximately 1400 Cambrian College students received a total of $1.2 million in awards and bursaries this year. The Cambrian College Foundation thanks its many donors and supporters and the College for their generosity and support of students.
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Cambrian College is Northern Ontario’s largest college, with more than 80 programs. Cambrian’s main campus is in Greater Sudbury, with satellite centres in Espanola and Little Current. For more information about Cambrian College, visit www.cambriancollege.ca
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