Nov 19, 2010


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Business, community & government rally to support learning at Premier's Scholarship Luncheon

CALGARY - Local donors and business leaders gave the gift of education this afternoon donating more than $102,000 to help Bow Valley College (BVC) provide learning opportunities to its students. This total includes funds from the Government of Alberta’s Access to the Future Fund. 

The 17th annual Premier’s Scholarship Luncheon, held at the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, is a major fundraiser for BVC’s scholarships. Over the past 17 years and through matching grants from the Alberta government, this luncheon has raised more than $2 million to help BVC students reach their academic, career, and life goals. 

The YWCA Child Care Centre at Bow Valley College is unique in that it will embrace the latest early learning curriculum and principles. BVC’s national and international award-winning Early Learning and Child Care program will use the facility and adjoining observation rooms as an applied training centre for its students and faculty. 

“Premier Stelmach, our donors, and our supporters share the College’s commitment to education, which ultimately helps build healthier communities and a more sustainable society,” said Sharon Carry, President and CEO, BVC. “Events like this one provide scholarships, bursaries, and learner supports for our students, who are then more likely to succeed in their studies and strengthen Alberta’s economy.” 

To qualify for the Premier’s Scholarship, students must display academic excellence, qualities of citizenship, and financial need. The 2010 recipients of the Premier’s Scholarship are: 

• Gulam Rasul Gulam Farooq, English as a Second Language 
• Matthew Smith, High School Upgrading 
• Jessica Broz, Events Management 
• Cherry Standen, Practical Nursing 

“These students are not only receiving the Premier’s Scholarship today, they and other students like them are going to take over the reins of this province,” stated Premier Stelmach. “They are working hard, regardless of the barriers they have faced, in order to achieve their goals and take us the next step towards a knowledge-based economy.”

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