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BMO Financial Group donates $125,000 to give struggling students at NSCC an extra boost

February 12, 2019 – Media Release

Dartmouth, NS – A donation of $125,000 from BMO Financial Group to Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) will help students who need extra support to overcome financial hurdles.

Details of the new BMO Change Maker Bursary program were revealed this morning at the Akerley Campus in Dartmouth. The donation is part of Make Way – The Campaign for NSCC, a major fundraising initiative aimed at supporting students on their NSCC journey.

“Thanks to the Make Way Campaign, we have many bursaries based on financial need available to students. In fact, most awards at NSCC are focused on providing access to opportunity,” says Don Bureaux, NSCC President.

“But for some students that initial boost isn’t enough. They are grateful, but still struggling financially to stay in their programs and make ends meet. I’m delighted for those students that BMO Financial Group is making a gift aimed at helping them past those obstacles.”

The BMO Change Maker Bursary will help 12 students annually, over five years, at NSCC campuses across Nova Scotia. Beginning this spring, the fund will provide $2,000 bursaries to assist students who have already received some financial aid but need additional help to continue their NSCC journey. It will allow the most financially challenged students to offset the majority of their tuition expenses.

“At BMO Financial Group, we have a proud 200-year legacy of making tomorrow better. And we know one direct route to a better tomorrow is keeping students in school,” says Lynda Taylor, Regional President, Atlantic, Personal & Business Banking.

“We’re excited that The BMO Change Maker Bursary will help NSCC students continue on their path to rewarding careers and empower them to become community contributors.”

About Make Way – The Campaign for NSCC

Make Way is NSCC’s most ambitious campaign to date, opening doors to education by raising $25 million to help students succeed. Through the generosity of donors, partners and sponsors, we are supporting students with scholarships, bursaries and urgent aid, as well as innovative learning, leading-edge instructional equipment and centres of expertise. Make Way is helping secure a strong future by investing in those who will propel Nova Scotia forward.

About Nova Scotia Community College

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. Serving the province through a network of 13 campuses, the College offers 130 plus programs in five academic schools — Access, Business, IT & Creative Industries, Health & Human Services, and Trades & Technology — reflecting labour market needs and opportunities in Nova Scotia. NSCC's primary goal: student success. In an annual survey of its graduates, the College has found 87% are employed, most in their field of choice, with 93% of those employed living and working in Nova Scotia.

About BMO Financial Group

Serving customers for 200 years and counting, BMO is a highly diversified financial services provider -- the 8th largest bank, by assets, in North America. With total assets of $774 billion as of October 31, 2018, and a team of diverse and highly engaged employees, BMO provides a broad range of personal and commercial banking, wealth management and investment banking products and services to more than 12 million customers, and conducts business through three operating groups: Personal and Commercial Banking, BMO Wealth Management and BMO Capital Markets.

For more information

Skana Gee, Communications Advisor
NSCC Foundation & Alumni Relations

Niki Toomey, Communications Advisor
NSCC Marketing & Communications
Nova Scotia Community College
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