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Growing donor support allowing students to excel

Lakeland College has given 15 new awards out this year for the first time.

The college hosted donor award celebrations at both campuses this month. Growing donor support allowed the school to recognize a total of 896 recipients with awards, scholarships, and bursaries, valued at a total of over $1,000,000.

“We thank our incredible donors for assisting our students to be the best they can be–whether it’s in the classroom, on a sports team or in supporting their favourite cause,” says Alice Wainwright-Stewart, president of Lakeland College. “Their support is visionary and their commitment to education allows our students to take charge of their future.”

In addition to the awards, scholarships, and bursaries given out, almost 500 Lakeland students benefited from the Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship program, which gave over 200 thousand dollars in scholarships to eligible Saskatchewan high school grads, and there are still more awards to be presented to students before the 2015-16 academic year is done.

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“These dollars make a huge impact in the lives of everyone who receives them,” says Alison Bonsan, a first-year university transfer student. Speaking on behalf of award recipients at the Lloydminster campus celebration, Bonsan thanked the donors for helping students overcome the financial hurdles they face.

In total, more than $1.3 million in awards, scholarships and bursaries is expected to be distributed among 1,440 Lakeland students this academic year, thanks to the generosity of longstanding donors and that of first-time donors.

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