For the second time this month, Sault College staff, community members, students and supporters joined together to celebrate the outstanding academic accomplishments of our students at the 46th annual Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards (SBA) night. In addition to highlighting the amazing support of our donors, the evening saw more than 235 students honoured for their commitment to academic excellence and success.
Throughout the evening close to $350,000 was distributed to many deserving students. “The Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards evening is an annual event that not only celebrates our students for the hard work and dedication that led them to this point, but also provides the College with an opportunity to express its sincere appreciation to the donors that make this night possible. It is because of their generosity that many of our students are able to pursue their educational goals and we are tremendously grateful and humbled by their unwavering support,” said Terry Ableson, Financial Aid Administrator and Chair, SBA Committee.
“The Scholarship, Bursaries and Awards evening is an exciting and important highlight of our academic year,” said Dr. Ron Common, Sault College President. “On behalf of Sault College, I would like to congratulate each of these students for their ongoing commitment to their academics. We are proud to celebrate them for their accomplishments and lend our support as they move through their educational journey. We would also like to thank all of the individual and corporate donors who stand behind these students through the SBA program. This program wouldn’t be possible without them and we are honoured that they’ve chosen to be champions for our students encouraging them to continue to strive for excellence,” he added.
This year, Stephanie Donison, a graduate of the Natural Environment Technologist – Conservation and Management program, was awarded the Governor General’s Academic Medal. Since 1873, Governor Generals of Canada have sponsored this medal to encourage and recognize excellent academics at various levels of the educational system. It is awarded to the student graduating from the previous year’s three-year program who has achieved the highest academic standing in the College in the final year of his/her program.
During the 2018/19 academic year, more than $1.70 million will be distributed to more than 1,750 students through the SBA and other various bursary programs.
Each year, the generosity of donors who support Sault College students continues to grow. This year, several new awards have been established, each offering significant benefits to students. These include: Joe Eder Memorial Scholarship, Sister Rita Kennedy Memorial Award, Kiwanis Club of Sault Ste. Marie Mike Duguay Memorial Award, and Wade Seguin Memorial Scholarship
Congratulations to all of the award recipients!