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Student Awards and Learning Stories

Photo of Chris Rice on a deck by the water.
A Life Rebuilt: Chris Rice’s success through accessibility at NSCC In 2012, an accident left NSCC eCampus student Chris Rice paralyzed from the chest down. Today, he is an inspiring example of resilience and determination for students with disabilities in post-secondary education.
Photo of Making Waves Competition's winning team, Ocean Savers. From left to right: Mary Mach, Hira Bari and Mirian Quispe.
Sensor Technology challenges NSCC students to champion sustainable solutions In collaboration with Sensor Technology, the Making Waves Competition at NSCC's Ivany Campus brought excitement and innovation by challenging students to foster sustainable solutions for our communities.
Photo of Black NSCC student studying by window.
Awards uplifting Black and African Nova Scotian students at NSCC By tailoring their awards to provide unique supports to students, many donors have dedicated their awards to Black and African Nova Scotian students at NSCC to overcome barriers they may face in post-secondary education.
Photo of Maestro Fresh Wes Scholarship's first recipient, Maxwell.
Maestro Fresh Wes Scholarship supporting Black youth in trades: Meet Maxwell Maxwell, a Welding student at Akerley Campus, is honoured to be the first recipient of the Maestro Fresh Wes Scholarship, created by Wes to celebrate his induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame at the JUNO Awards.
From left to right, a photo of NSCC President Don Bureaux and NSCC alum Judy Lewis at NSCC Ivany Campus' spring convocation.
NSCC accessibility supports ignites a student’s potential With accessibility supports, student awards, and perseverance, Judy Lewis thrived at NSCC and created her own award to support students like her.
Photo of Maestro Fresh Wes.
Maestro Fresh Wes introduces new scholarship at NSCC Godfather of Canadian hip-hop, Maestro Fresh Wes, is celebrating his induction to the Canadian Music Hall of Fame by creating the Maestro Fresh Wes Scholarship at NSCC.
Rob Sobey with NSCC Sobey Award recipients at the celebration event.
Celebrating a legacy: Five years of The Sobey Award On Nov. 7 at NSCC’s Ivany Campus, the NSCC Foundation hosted the Five Years of The Sobey Award Celebration, welcoming students, alumni, volunteers, community partners and College leadership to celebrate the milestone.
Photo of Maestro Fresh Wes.
Maestro Fresh Wes celebrates induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame with new scholarship at NSCC MEDIA RELEASE: On November 7, at Maestro Fresh Wes announces his new scholarship at NSCC to celebrate his induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.
Chelsea during a skills competition day sitting in the captain's chair.
Success at sea: Chelsea King’s ocean dream Chelsea King, a second-year Marine Navigation Technology student at NSCC's Strait Area Campus Nautical Institute, embodies the essence of determination and spirit of the Ocean Dream Award for Women and Indigenous People.
From left to right, a photo of NSCC President Don Bureaux and NSCC student awards recipient and 2023 Paralegal Services alumni Judy Lewis.
NSCC Accessibility Supports ignite a student’s potential With accessibility supports, student awards, and perseverance, Judy Lewis thrived at NSCC and created her own award to support students like her. Read more in the Halifax Chamber of Commerce's Business Voice Magazine.
Photo of NSCC student awards recipient, Jordan B.
Awards supporting Mi'kmaq and Indigenous students at NSCC Thanks to donor support, NSCC offers dedicated awards for Mi'kmaq and Indigenous students, as well as many more open to equity-deserving groups.
Photo, from left to right of Rocky Jones, Deanna Mohamed, and Chester Borden with white background.
NSCC awards to celebrate Black and African Nova Scotian community leaders Thanks to the generosity and endorsement of NSCC’s Black African Nova Scotian Employee Resource Network (BAERN), four new $2,500 awards have been launched to support Black and African Nova Scotian students at NSCC.
Photo of D. Stuart MacLeod.
Playing for a better future The family of D. Stuart MacLeod, known fondly amongst his peers as Mr. Rotary, made a transformational $200,000 donation to Sydney Waterfront Campus.
Photo of Mark and Krista Paterson, Marconi Campus Culinary Arts Class of 2015.
A winning recipe Mark and Krista both joined NSCC’s culinary program in 2013. Today, the husband-and-wife team is well-known in Cape Breton for their three culinary businesses.
Photo of award recipient Tuma Stevens.
Reaching new heights through education Tuma, a multi-award recipient, will graduate from NSCC’s Business Administration program in 2023. Read how scholarships and bursaries made his dreams a reality.
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.
Photo of Admiral, Women Unlimited staff and alum, and NSCC staff and faculty at Admiral's announcement.
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.
Group photo of NSCC Foundation, Women Unlimited and Nova Scotia Power staff at the Nova Scotia Power gift announcement for its funding to the Doreen Parsons Legacy Award.
Nova Scotia Power funds award in honour of Doreen Parsons supporting women in trades MEDIA RELEASE: On May 24, at NSCC's IT Campus, Nova Scotia Power announced its funding to the Doreen Parsons Legacy Award.
From left to right, a photo of Amber Cain (Prep), Ashley Hill (Prep), Bill Gunn (Jeannine Deveau Achievement Fund), Kaisen MacKinnon (Prep) and Vanessa Hartley (Prep)
Jeannine Deveau Achievement Fund gift supports $45K in awards for PREP alumni at NSCC The Jeannine Deveau Achievement Fund's $530,000 gift to the PREP Academy is supporting $45,000 in entrance and graduating awards for PREP alumni at NSCC.
Photo of Amber H. taking a photo with her camera outside.
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.
Photo of Antonia Wareham, a graduate of the first Pathways to Shipbuilding Program with Women Unlimited.
Empowering Black and African Nova Scotian students at NSCC February marked African Heritage Month. Learn more about news we shared of new initiatives and dedicated supports for Black and African Nova Scotian students at NSCC.
Group photo from left to right of Phil, Olivia, Nicole, Michelle, and Bern Byers at NSCC's Kingstec Campus making cheesecakes for cheesecake raffle winners.
Cheesecakes for Carpentry: Richard Byers Memorial Bursary During the holiday season, the Byers family hosted a nostalgic cheesecake raffle to fundraise for the Richard Byers Memorial Bursary, an award they established in their dad’s memory to support Carpentry students at NSCC.
Photo of NSCC student award recipient, Isabel T.
NSCC awards inspired by women, for women Through the generosity of our donors and partners, NSCC offers a variety of scholarships, bursaries and awards dedicated to helping women pursue post-secondary education.
Photo of NSCC alumni Martina K.
Awards supporting Black and African Nova Scotian students at NSCC Learn more about NSCC’s seven dedicated awards, scholarships and bursaries for Black and African Nova Scotian students funded by our donors and partners and how you can support them.
Photo of Archy Beals
Archy Beals Legacy Award Deanna Mohamed and Barbara Roberts created the Archy Beals Legacy Award to honour Archy's legacy and 27 years of service at the College while supporting African Nova Scotia high school students starting at NSCC.
Photo of the 2022 Reporting in Mi’kma’ki class in Eskasoni, with community members. Photo credit: George Paul
Journalism students learn responsible reporting in Mi'kma'ki Through donor funding, four second-year Radio Television Journalism students participated in the Reporting in Mi’kma’ki workshop. Students learned in class and in the Mi’kmaw community of Eskasoni to gain cultural competency when telling Indigenous stories.
On the left, a photo of Heather O'Brien, VON's logo in the middle, and to the right, a photo of Kristen Beaton
Heather O’Brien and Kristen Beaton memorial awards – celebrating their care and compassion Together, the families of Heather O’Brien and Kristen Beaton, the Victorian Order of Nurses (VON) and NSCC Alumni Relations are celebrating the lives and legacies of Heather and Kristen by establishing awards in their memory.
Photo of Syrian refugee student Fadi, working on vehicle with NSCC automotive faculty member.
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 the Folk family.
Continuing a legacy in the trades through the Adam Folk Memorial Endowment The Folk family’s generous $1 million Adam Folk Memorial Endowment is funding its first two scholarships in the spring of 2022. The scholarships will support Plumbing students who embody Adam Folk’s legacy as a plumber and a community leader.
Photo of NSCC Music Arts student, Thaydra G., the first recipient of the Pathways to Rock Award
Pathways to Rock – supporting a mother’s passion and perseverance Chris Murdoch’s Pathways to Rock award is combating stereotypes that Black people face in the Nova Scotia music industry. Breaking barriers for Music Arts students like Thaydra G., a mother driven by her love for music, and especially her son.
Survey and Geomatics students
Donor support helps student reach graduation After years of working and traveling across Canada, Kris is back in Nova Scotia. He just completed the Remote Sensing Program at NSCC AVC – COGS, a journey filled with ups and downs.
Hannah Noftall portrait
Cyber Security enthusiast gets a career head start with Sponsor-a-Student Hannah has had an interest in technology from a young age. Thanks to the Sponsor-a-Student Program and the generosity of a local technology management company, she is pursuing a career in Cyber Security.
Student checking water samples
AFNWA establishes Nujo’tmu’k Samuqwan Award The newly established award from Atlantic First Nations Water Authority (AFNWA), titled Nujo’tmu’k Samuqwan Award (Taking Responsibility for our Water), will give Indigenous students enrolled at NSCC the opportunity to explore careers in the water sector.
Amanda Green with medal
Six NSCC grads receive Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Culinary Excellence This summer, six exceptional NSCC grads were selected to receive the prestigious Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Culinary Excellence, presented in July by The Honourable Arthur J. LeBlanc, ONS, QC, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia.
Verb office
VERB Interactive launches NSCC bursary program for women in technology Through a partnership with VERB Interactive, the newly launched Women in Tech Award will support more women entering technology professions, including IT, Applied Media and Communications Arts, Digital Marketing, Business Intelligence Analytics, Cyber Security, and Graphic Design.
Pathways students at award annoucemeent
Recent grads paying it forward to empower future students The 2020 class from the Irving Pathways to Shipbuilding is paying it forward. Through their newly established award–The Black Empowerment to Success Award, two African Nova Scotian students will have the opportunity to receive much-needed financial support during their program at Akerley Campus. This initiative was born out of the group’s own experience being supported while at NSCC, and their desire to give back in the same vein.
Photo of Jim Mills at Office Interiors
Office Interiors giving back with Love The Way You Learn Office Interiors' Jim Mills speaks to NSCC on community and education. He talks about their commitment through the Love the Way You Learn bursary.
Photo of Chrissy Crowley at NSCC Marconi Campus.
Musician Chrissy Crowley plays a new tune as proud businesswoman Musician Chrissy Crowley puts aside her fiddle to pursue full-time studies at NSCC Marconi Campus. A dream made possible with the support of NSCC donors.
Photo of Cathie O'toole at Halifax Water.
Fostering diversity in the workplace. Over the years, Halifax Water, led by Cathie O’Toole has partnered with NSCC to offer bursaries that encourage diversity in the talent pool and help students,
Photo of Alicia Montague working on electrical wires.
Video: Finding motivation for career advancement Receiving an award made it possible for Alicia Montague, a technology enthusiast from Labrador, to return to school and pursue a lifelong dream career.
Kirsten Surette sitting on a park bench
Future Health Practitioner on the right path thanks to donor-funded community award Through the Jim and Dawn MacLeod Community Award, students like Kirsten Surette, a Mental Health Recovery and Promotion student at the Burridge Campus, have the opportunity to pursue learning in a field that they love, with great potential for positive community impact.
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.
NSCC students help Make Way
NSCC students help Make Way A generous gift from NSCC students, facilitated by Student Association leaders, supports fellow students across the province.
Tsubaki Onishi
New hope for a newcomer's culinary dream For aspiring chef Tsubaki Onishi, the newly established Devour Diversity Scholarship was just what she needed to kick-start her dream career.
Disha Jaggi
Student touched by donor generosity Paralegal Services student and bursary recipient Disha Jaggi is happy to see so much financial support available to NSCC students.
Malcolm Lake
Planned gift offers second chance Malcolm Lake's parents valued education. Now a legacy gift in their memory will ensure more students have access to a transformational experience.
Carl Gardner
Foodie gets bursary boost Culinary Management student Carl Gardner did a happy dance when he found out he'd received the Sobey Foundation Culinary Award.
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.
Photo of NSCC President Don Bureaux with CIBC executives and students in Make Way t-shirts
CIBC donation supports financial literacy for NSCC students A $125,000 gift is supporting the development of a financial literacy course for NSCC students across Nova Scotia.
Photo of donor Ron Joyce offering his wisdom to past NSCC award recipients
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.