May 12, 2017
Shannon van Leenen
Media Relations Officer
Bow Valley College scholarship recipients recognized at Annual Premier's Luncheon
CALGARY - Local dignitaries will join Premier Rachel Notley; Laura Jo Gunter, President and CEO of Bow Valley College; and David Collyer, Chair, Bow Valley College Board of Governors at the College on May 12, for the 22nd Premier's Scholarship Luncheon, presented by Trico Homes.
"Our core responsibility is to make life better for all Albertans. A major way we can help people is by making sure our colleges and universities are well-supported with stable, predictable funding. That's exactly what our government is doing, and we are very proud to support and celebrate Bow Valley College, one of North America's leading comprehensive community colleges. Bow Valley College is responding to the changing needs of our provincial economy and ensuring its learners are well-prepared to get a great job and succeed in a variety of industries and sectors," said Premier Notley.
The Premier's Scholarship Luncheon is an important fundraiser for scholarships at the College and the money raised has helped College learners reach their academic, career, and life goals. Through donor contributions, and matching funds, more than 300 students have benefited through this awards program over the past 22 years.
"I have seen firsthand the impact the Bow Valley College experience has had on the lives of learners in our community," said Bow Valley College President and CEO, Laura Jo Gunter.
"When our students are successful so too are our communities. Our graduates, many of whom become entrepreneurs, make positive contributions to the economy, drive growth and productivity, and participate in their communities. We are grateful for the commitment the Premier and Alberta Government have shown to support this endeavor throughout the years," she added.
To qualify for the Premier's Scholarship, learners have to display academic excellence, qualities of citizenship, and financial need. The learners are nominated for these awards by faculty from each school and centre. The five scholarship recipients will receive $3,500 each.
The Premier's Community Commitment Scholarships will also be given out to five learners at the luncheon. This award recognizes the commitment of those learners who take the time to help build strong communities. Recipients of this award will receive $3,000 each.
President Gunter and the scholarship recipients will be available for interviews following the luncheon.
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12:00 p.m. Sienna Holden, Bow Valley College alumna and MC, welcomes guests
12:10 p.m. Dave Collyer, Bow Valley College Board Chair
12:15 p.m. Laura Jo Gunter, Bow Valley College President and CEO, gives welcoming speech
12:25 p.m. Lunch is served
12:45 p.m. Video
12:49 p.m. Eleanor Chiu, Trico Homes, introduces Premier Notley
12:51 p.m. Premier Notley gives address from the Province of Alberta
1:11 p.m. Premier Notley and President Gunter present awards to recipients
• Sienna announces each recipient's name
• Photos of each recipient with the Premier
• Group photo with Premier, President, Eleanor Chiu, Dave Collyer and recipients
1:18 p.m. Glen Weatherhead - Student award recipient thanks donors on behalf of students
1:21 p.m. Sienna Holden - thanks everyone for coming
1:23 p.m. Event ends
Please note light refreshments will be provided.
About Bow Valley College
Bow Valley College - Calgary and region's only Comprehensive Community College - with more than 15,000 full- and part-time students, is a leader in business and health career training, community studies, creative technologies, adult upgrading, and English Language Learning.