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Donors are backbone to Great Plains College Entrance Scholarship program

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Craig Ekstrand, Innovation Credit Union Regional Vice President of Swift Current, presents Brendan Nelson, Great Plains College Electrician student with an Entrance Scholarship. Craig Ekstrand, Innovation Credit Union Regional Vice President of Swift Current, presents Brendan Nelson, Great Plains College Electrician student with an Entrance Scholarship. Photo contributed

Great Plains College Swift Current Campus recently awarded a total of $9,500 to Electrician students in celebration of their decision to continue their education. Innovation Credit Union, a long-time donor, made a $3,500 commitment to scholarships this year and was on site to present an Entrance Scholarship to Brendan Nelson.

“Innovation Credit Union believes strongly in supporting both the communities we serve and the youth that grow up in these communities,” said Darla Lindbjerg, AVP of marketing and strategic intelligence of Innovation Credit Union.
“These young people are the future leaders of our communities, province and country. It is inspiring to see the caliber of students that are produced through organizations like Great Plains College,” she added. “We are thrilled to continue to strengthen our partnership with organizations such as Great Plains College going forward with the goal of creating vibrant and sustainable communities that celebrate and reward the success of their youth.”
A donation, such as the one from Innovation Credit Union, has the ability to impact students in a number of different programs. This year, it will provide financial support to students that are Innovation Credit Union members and are enrolled in the Business (certificate or diploma program), Administrative Assistant, Electrician and Welding programs, at any of the Great Plains College locations. Great Plains College is able to match contributions to the college through the Saskatchewan Innovation and Opportunity Fund.
“The Scholarship Receptions are an opportunity for us to celebrate our students’ choice to further their education,” said Carrie Voysey, Great Plains College director of communications and development. “It is also an opportunity for us, and our students, to say thank you all our donors. They are the ones who make the scholarship program a reality.”
The Scholarship Reception for the Electrician students was held on March 15, 2017, at the Great Plains College Swift Current Campus. The college offers both a fall Electrician program—classes begin in September—and a winter Electrician program—classes begin in February.
To date, Great Plains College has awarded a total of $204,500 Entrance Scholarships to students taking full-time, student loan-eligible programs. Another $7,000 will be awarded at Scholarship Reception in Biggar on March 30, 2017, which will take the annual total to $211,500.
"The scholarships directly support our students and contribute to their educational success by lessening financial burdens. Once our graduates find employment in the region, it is our hope that they will give back to their community as they are able to," said Voysey.
The Great Plains College Swift Current Campus also offers a wide variety of full-time, student loan-eligible programs, including University and the recently announced Business Diploma program. Students who apply by April 30, 2017, may be eligible to receive a $500 to $5,000 Entrance Scholarship in the fall. A complete list of Great Plains College locations and eligible scholarship programs is available at

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