Great Plains College introduces innovative new scholarship program

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Great Plains College is excited to announce the launch of its innovative new Entrance Scholarship program – the first of its kind at any post-secondary institution in Saskatchewan.

New for 2013-14, every full-time student in a full-time post-secondary program that is student-loan eligible at Great Plains College will receive a minimum scholarship of $500. This amount is in addition to any money students may receive through the provincial government’s Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship program.

The college will also continue to offer merit-based scholarships up to a maximum of $5,000, the largest scholarship Great Plains has ever offered.

“This new scholarship program is truly one-of-a-kind and will help further cement Great Plains College as a leader both in the regional college system and on the provincial post-secondary scene as a whole,” said Director of Development Marc Butikofer.

“The new program furthers Great Plains College’s commitment to proactively addressing skilled labour shortages in Saskatchewan. With the continued support of our donors, we continue to make education accessible and supportive of student achievement in careers that will keep them here, where skilled labour shortages exist.”

Early Entrance Scholarships of $1,000 for Grade 11 students and SunDogs Athletics scholarships will continue to be offered unchanged from previous years. Students must apply by June 30, 2013 to be eligible for scholarships in 2013-14.

“We believe our scholarship program should operate on the values of accessibility, merit, recruitment and community engagement,” said Butikofer. “We have carefully considered all these values and developed a program that reflects the needs of both the college and the communities we serve.”

Organizations: Great Plains College

Geographic location: Saskatchewan

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