College of the Rockies students to benefit from increased Southern Interior Development Initiative Trust contribution

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Graham Knipfel, College of the Rockies Director, Donor and Alumni Engagement, and Lois Murray, Financial Assistance & Awards Advisor, look forward to being able to offer additional bursaries to students, thanks to an increased contribution from Southern Interior Development Trust Initiative (SIDIT).

Current College of the Rockies students may be eligible for $23,000 in bursaries thanks to a generous contribution from the Southern Interior Development Initiative Trust (SIDIT). SIDIT financial awards are available to students who originate from a community within the Southern Interior who are enrolled in full-time studies.

“SIDIT has more than doubled their annual contribution to our scholarship and awards program, committing to provide $23,000 each year from 2019 to 2021,” said Graham Knipfel, Director of Donor and Alumni Engagement. “Individual awards can range from $250 up to $1,500, based on the needs of recipients, so this contribution will help remove financial barriers for our students while supporting their education right here in the East Kootenay.”

“This increase in funds means we have been able to create new bursaries and to focus on programs that have traditionally had fewer financial awards available,” added Lois Murray, College of the Rockies’ Financial Assistance and Awards Officer. “Not only will we be presenting SIDIT bursaries this fall, we will also be able to grant some at the spring Awards Ceremony.”

The Southern Interior Development Initiative Trust was created and funded by the Province of British Columbia to encourage, promote, and support economic development in the Southern Interior. By supporting educational awards, SIDIT aims to attract and encourage technology, trades and academic skills development in an effort to support industries in the region and throughout B.C.

The SIDIT financial awards are just one of the many bursaries offered to current College of the Rockies students.

“We encourage students to take a look at the many bursaries available to them,” said Murray. “The application process is often simple and definitely worth any time and effort involved.  Applications for fall bursaries are due by November 1, so now is a great time to get started.”

Individuals or organizations interested in creating a new scholarship, award or bursary can contact giving@cotr.bc.ca.  Details of SIDIT financial awards, and all College bursaries, can be found at: cotr.ca/financialaid


About College of the Rockies
For more than 40 years, College of the Rockies has provided post-secondary education that meets the needs and aspirations of the people, industry and businesses of our region. Each year, we welcome more than 10,000 full-time and part-time students into a full range of programs, including: skilled trades, university studies, adult upgrading, early childhood education, health and human services, business, office administration, tourism, hospitality, recreation, fire services, continuing education and contract training. Through smaller class sizes, highly-personalized instruction and dedicated support services, our students are primed to succeed in the job market, or in the next stage of their academic journey.


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