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TK Foundation donates $250K to NSCC Foundation

Investment supports marine bursaries and industry safety research

Apr. 28, 2022 – Media Release

Port Hawkesbury, N.S. – The TK Foundation is contributing $250,000 to the NSCC Foundation to support student bursaries and research activities at the College’s Strait Area Campus Nautical Institute.

The contribution will fund four $5,000 awards for incoming students from equity-seeking, racialized and other diverse groups enrolled in the College’s Marine Navigation Technology and Marine Engineering Technology programs. The awards will also include an additional $1,000/month cost-of-living stipend throughout the academic year. Eligibility will be based on financial need and academic standing. Confirmed applicants who are interested in applying for these bursaries can do so by visiting

A portion of the contribution will also support research into sexual violence prevention in the marine industry. Research will evaluate learning outcomes for NSCC’s ongoing Sea Change course, which was launched as part of the Government of Canada’s Oceans Protection Plan activities. This research is part of NSCC’s ongoing commitment to the goals of the Truth and Reconciliation Report and its Calls to Action (PDF).

“The marine industry makes substantial contributions to the Canadian economy year after year,” says Captain Vivek Saxena, Principal of NSCC Strait Area Campus. “This generous investment will grant more learners access to this vital sector and represents an important step towards making the industry safer and more welcoming for all seafarers.”

“I am delighted that The TK Foundation was able to make this award as part of our partnership with the Nova Scotia Community College Nautical Institute,” says Susan Karlshoej, Managing Director of the TK Foundation. “This multi-year grant demonstrates the Foundation’s commitment to supporting the highest quality maritime training and support to young people considering a maritime career.”

About the TK Foundation

The TK Foundation’s mission is to fulfill the legacy of J. Torben Karlshoej by enabling youth to succeed and promoting maritime education and safety. They fulfill this legacy by investing in programs that:

  1. Enable youth to maximize their capabilities through pathways such as education, training and life skills with a view to becoming self-sufficient.
  2. Promote knowledge of the seas and oceans and strengthen maritime safety and security for the betterment of all.

About NSCC

NSCC is committed to building Nova Scotia's economy and quality of life through education and innovation, transforming Nova Scotia one learner at a time. NSCC offers more than 140 career-oriented programs throughout the province at our 14 campuses, including our online eCampus. Programs are offered through five academic schools – Access, Education and Language; Business and Creative Industries; Health and Human Services, Technology and Environment; Trades and Transportation – and reflect the labour market needs and opportunities in Nova Scotia. NSCC's primary goal: student success. An annual survey of College graduates shows that 83% are employed one year after graduation, most in their field of study, with 94% of those employed living and working in Nova Scotia.

For more information

Kathleen Cameron, Manager of External Relations, NSCC