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Great Plains College Awards Scholarships to More Than 170 Students This Year

Great Plains College is pleased to announce that approximately $216,000 in Entrance Scholarships and awards will be provided to more than 170 deserving students during the 2020-21 academic year.

The college boasts one of the most competitive and unique scholarship programs among regional colleges in the province. Since 2009, more than $2 million in scholarships has been distributed to students enrolled in full-time student loan-eligible programs.

“Our scholarship recipients have worked hard to excel academically and we are thrilled to provide each of these deserving students with Entrance Scholarships and other awards to help ease the cost of their continued education,” said Dianne Sletten, the college’s Donor Services Coordinator. “We are seeing a record year for scholarships being awarded and the ability to assist so many students is a direct result of our generous donors across our communities and the matching provincial funding from the Saskatchewan Innovation and Opportunity Scholarship program.”

The following scholarships and awards are being provided to students this fall:

  • Adult Basic Education Persistence Awards (across all college locations) – $6,000
  • Kindersley campus – $13,000
  • Swift Current campus – $123,000
  • Warman campus – $19,500

An additional projected amount of $55,000 will also be distributed to students starting winter semester programs at Biggar, Kindersley and Swift Current. Over 40 students are expected to receive scholarships for winter semester programs, with the scholarship deadline for these programs occurring on October 31.

“Year after year, we cannot thank our donors enough,” added Sletten. “Their generosity is what allows the college to offer such a great scholarship program and truly makes a difference in the lives of each of these students.”

In addition to the annual scholarships and awards provided to students, the college recognized the financial challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. In the spring of 2020, the college provided $97,750 in emergency funding assistance to 165 students whose continued education was at risk due to unexpected financial issues during the early stages of the pandemic.

Additional information on Great Plains College’s Entrance Scholarship program, Early Admission Awards, other external awards and application deadlines can be found by visiting greatplainscollege.ca/scholarships. If you are interested in playing a positive role in a student’s educational journey, you are encouraged to contact Dianne Sletten at development@greatplainscollege.ca.

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