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Cost of Living Supports Stories

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Fighting food insecurity at NSCC Food insecurity continues to be a rising issue across the province. But as a community, we come together to make sure that those who need it most can access the resources they need.
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Urgent aid for urgent matters: Meet Jessica Burke “Had it not been for NSCC's willingness to adapt and understand, I would not have been able to graduate. Looking back, it was a big hurdle and NSCC was really good about it.” Said NSCC Urgent Aid recipient Jessica Burke.
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Giving Tuesday 2023 – Thank you for giving back On Giving Tuesday, our community rallied together to support NSCC students. You helped in exceeding our fundraising goal for Rapid Response to fund cost of living bursaries and food security initiatives.
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Rediscovering passions: Meet Mitchell Langford Mitchell Langford is rediscovering his passions at NSCC thanks to the support of awards like the Black and African Nova Scotian Cost of Living Bursary.
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Finding your stride – Amber Hartlin’s NSCC journey Amber Hartlin took the leap of faith to return to school, and thanks to the Emergency Cost of Living Bursary, she's following in her grandmother's footsteps to become a nurse.
Andrew M. standing in front of the Mi'kmaq eight-pointed star.
Indigenous Student Support Program helps student reach their dreams Thanks to the Indigenous Student Support Program, Andrew M. received support from the Indigenous Students Immediate Needs Fund at a critical time for him to pursue his dream work placement.
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Five years of impact and more: Thank you Dr. and Mrs. H.E. Christie Community Foundation Over the last five years, the Dr. and Mrs. H.E. Christie Community Foundation has made an incredible impact at Cumberland Campus, helping with student issues like food insecurity, cost of living, transportation and more.
Where there’s a WIL there’s a way – New bursaries for students on unpaid work placements Thanks to funding from CEWIL Canada, NSCC’s new Where There’s a WIL There’s a Way program provides financial aid bursaries for equity-deserving students at the College participating in mandatory, unpaid work placements.
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Urgent Aid drives student to her dream career NSCC Urgent Aid helps students through financial challenges impacting their education. Thanks to donor funding, Urgent Aid recipient Marcia H. can complete her work placement and continue her path to becoming a nurse.
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Admiral provides financial aid to uplift women in trades and technology On April 25, Admiral announced a generous three-year commitment to support the Women Unlimited program at NSCC to establish the Admiral Women Unlimited Bursary and the Women Unlimited Urgent Aid Fund.
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Student awards helping to make creative dreams a reality When Amber H. finished university, she was searching for something that would help her explore her creative side. Thanks to student awards, she's chasing her dreams to make her mark on the creative sector.
Group photo of NSCC Foundation, Women Unlimited and Admiral staff at the Admiral gift announcement for its funding to support Women Unlimited participants and alumni.
Admiral donation to uplifts and support Women Unlimited participants and alumni MEDIA RELEASE: On April 25, at NSCC’s IT Campus, Admiral announced its three-year commitment to support the Women Unlimited Program at NSCC.
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Continuing support for Indigenous students at NSCC Learn how donor funding to the Indigenous Student Support Program helps Indigenous students at NSCC through increased financial aid and on-campus support.
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Rallying for Rapid Response – Donors support food security It has been an exciting month to celebrate our donors and supporters. Together, we raised over $25,000 for Rapid Response on Giving Tuesday, and we are blown away by our community's support for NSCC students.
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Emergency Hurricane Fiona Relief Bursaries The aftermath of Hurricane Fiona left many NSCC students in a vulnerable position. Thankfully, through donor support to Rapid Response, the College was able to jump to action.
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Emergency bursaries: One small gesture can make a world of difference Shaun D., a husband, father, and NSCC student, felt a sense of relief when he received an Emergency Cost of Living Bursary last winter.
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New beginnings for refugee and equity-deserving students at NSCC Continuing NSCC’s efforts to address financial barriers and increase opportunities for equity-deserving groups, new awards will be offered for the upcoming academic year. One of the newest bursaries being the New Beginnings Bursary for incoming refugee students.
Photo of Dan M., student supported by gas gift cards thanks to the Dr. & Mrs. H.E. Christie Community Foundation.
Dr. & Mrs. H.E. Christie Community Foundation drives students to graduation Stress was felt by rural NSCC students because of increased gas prices during their final semester. But, thanks to the Dr. & Mrs. H.E. Christie Community Foundation, the College was able to support them to graduation.
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Giving back for Giving Tuesday NSCC employees, alumni and partners are making an incredible impact on the lives of NSCC students through their generosity. Rallying together for Giving Tuesday 2021, they raised a grand total of $19,150 for Rapid Response and Urgent Aid.
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Indigenous Student Support Program addresses financial barriers A new fundraising appeal is part of NSCC’s commitment to reconciliation and supports the Indigenous Student Support Program, which focuses on meeting everyday financial needs that can impact academic success.
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Music Arts students’ song is bringing hope and giving back In May, a group of students from the NSCC Music Arts class at Marconi Campus released their own single. The song – We’ll be Together Again, echoed our collective hope to return to a time where we can be with friends and family.
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Video: A community of supporters During his second semester, Nathaniel found himself homeless. Thanks to the support of staff counsellors and donors, he is back on course.
Sobey family gift largest in NSCC history
Sobey family gift largest in NSCC history A major philanthropic gift by members of the Sobey family to the Make Way Campaign is helping students, their families and their communities across Nova Scotia.
David Hoffman
Donor believes in community impact Donor David Hoffman believes in supporting his community, which is why he's invested his time and resources in NSCC.
Maitland Mullen
Donors meet urgent need Urgent Aid fund at Burridge Campus helps Social Services student Maitland Mullen after 'unexpected setback.'
Bob and Brenda MacEachern
Donors boost Urgent Aid Fund Bob and Brenda MacEachern have deep ties to NSCC. Supporting students is their way of honouring those connections.
Grad employer opening doors to learning
Grad employer opening doors to learning A $50,000 gift from, facilitated by Vice President Karen Churchill, is helping local students with tuition costs each year.
In the photo (L-R): Don Bureaux, President, NSCC; NSCC Student Association Presidents Akash Pandey (Ivany Campus), Krista Holland-Guy (IT Campus) and Mike Pinkney (Truro Campus); and Ashton Sequeira, President at Compass Group, Chartwells’ parent company holding $100,000 cheque
Chartwells supports NSCC students Chartwells has contributed $500,000 to help students facing unanticipated financial challenges that may affect their ability to remain in school.
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The Joyce Foundation donation to support students, College’s largest gift This generous contribution, which kick-started the Make Way Campaign, supports hundreds of students annually through bursaries and urgent aid.