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“I always thought there was an extensive process to apply for a scholarship or bursary but realized how much free money I was missing out on once I had actually applied.”

Now in her final year of the Bachelor of Business Administration: Sustainable Business Practices program, Holly Gauvin initially had some misconceptions about the College’s scholarship and bursary application process.

“It took me a long time to apply for scholarships because I thought I was going to have to write more essays and use a lot more time that I didn’t have, applying for something that I wasn’t guaranteed to get,” she said. “The process was actually way easier than I thought it was going to be.”

Holly filled out the online application form and was rewarded by receiving both the College of the Rockies CUPE Local 2773 Scholarship and an Indigenous Emergency Bursary.

“Receiving those scholarships definitely alleviated some of the stress of paying tuition,” she said. “The application is very simple, and I don’t think many people know that. It can be difficult figuring out ways to pay for education sometimes, but there are many resources out there to help, making it more accessible.”

As a beneficiary of the College’s scholarship program, Holly encourages other students to take advantage of the opportunities that scholarships and bursaries can present.

“Take that course or program you’ve always wanted to. Don’t let the cost of tuition hold you back when there are so many resources made available to help with the cost of education.”

Above all, she is grateful for the donors that make the scholarship and bursary program available to students like her.

“Thank you for opening doors that were once shut and for giving me the opportunity to finish my schooling with a little less stress.”