About $86,000 available for Ladysmith secondary students

The Nanaimo-Ladysmith Schools Foundation's awards booklet and application for secondary students is now available online.

There are 96 awards, bursaries and scholarships worth about $86,000 available for Ladysmith Secondary School students this year, and now’s the time to go after these opportunities.

The Nanaimo-Ladysmith Schools Foundation (NLSF)’s awards booklet and application for Nanaimo and Ladysmith secondary students is now available online.

This year, there are 410 awards, bursaries and scholarships, totaling more than $296,000 for students of all interests, abilities and academic levels.

“The foundation, with the support of our amazing donors, has been helping local students succeed with scholarships, bursaries and awards for over 30 years,” said NLSF executive director Erin van Steen. “Every year, there are a wide variety of awards to apply for. There are opportunities for students who are active in the community, excel in sports, have a specific study area they are pursuing or who have a financial need. We encourage students to apply for as many opportunities that are appropriate for them.”

Applications and further information can be found at www.nlsf.ca under the “Programs” tab under “Awards.” The deadline to apply is Friday, Feb. 15.

The funds for all of the awards are completely supported by the service clubs, community organizations and private donors within the Nanaimo-Ladysmith community.

Without the generosity of donors, many graduating students would not have the opportunity to continue on with their post-secondary education.

Last year, the NLSF scholarship and bursary program distributed 360 scholarships, bursaries and awards worth more than  $372,125, which included more than $80,000 in Dogwood District/Authority Awards distributed by the province. All the other funds were completely community donor driven.

“The need for scholarships, awards and bursaries continues to rise,” says van Steen. “The foundation is actively seeking new donors for a variety of areas and for general financial support to help grow our support for local students.”

The NLSF encourages community groups and individuals to contact the foundation if they are interested in supporting the scholarship program. To reach Erin van Steen at the foundation, call 250-753-4074.

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