VCC employees help fund student scholarships

VCC employees help fund student scholarships

Because of small class sizes and personal attention from her teachers, VCC student Serena Kincaid never feels like just a number.

VCC student Serena Kincaid
Girl who won the student scholarship

That’s part of the reason her studies in medical transcription at VCC have added up to such success. Another important part of the equation -- the $1,000 entrance scholarship she received, made by possible by the college’s employee 50-50 draw.

Kincaid was chosen, in part, because of her 4.15 GPA. Planning to graduate in May, the 20-year-old says she was "flattered to receive acknowledgement" for all her hard work.

For Kincaid, the scholarship helped making going to college much easier because it meant having extra money to pay for tuition, textbooks, food and rent. "It was a real blessing."

Each year, students from 10 Metro Vancouver high schools are chosen to receive an entrance scholarship from VCC. The money is collected through staff participation in a monthly 50-50 draw. Part of the proceeds go to the draw winner and the rest toward scholarships and bursaries for students.

It's a real win-win situation, says VCC Foundation Director David Love.

“The 50-50 initiative is highly regarded within the college community because employees know their participation has a direct impact on students. It’s an investment not only in learning, but in communities, families, neighbourhoods and workplaces.”

The VCC Foundation is a non-profit organization that oversees financial awards, scholarships and donations for the college.

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