We are proud of the strides that we made through The Possibilities Are Endless campaign. Between 2008 and 2017, with support coming from all corners of the world, the campaign raised $27.8 million for a variety of worthwhile initiatives.
Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards ($2.5 million)
We believe education should be accessible for anyone with the determination to achieve, not merely the ability to afford. At the core of Lethbridge College’s values is a commitment to student access and support. Each year, we hear stories of student successes that would have been impossible without the financial support we were able to provide to ease the financial challenge. These learners have the gumption to strive for something better, to reach their career goals for themselves and, in many cases, their young families.
Our success as an educational institution depends on our ability to attract and retain outstanding learners. It is also predicated on our ability to increase accessibility and to support their studies through scholarships, bursaries and awards.
Our students receive about $950,000 annually through various awards and scholarship programs. To ensure access to all our learners, and to ensure that Lethbridge College continues to attract and retain outstanding students, the college aspires to offer its students in excess of $1 million per year in awards and scholarships.
To reach this goal, the college is committed to raising $2.5 million in new scholarships, awards and bursaries. Of this, $2 million will be allocated towards new endowments, ensuring the stability and longevity of the college’s awards programs and $500,000 will be allocated to annual initiatives.
Support for outstanding students - scholarships
Scholarships recognize a student’s superior academic achievement, normally based on a full year’s course load and/or demonstrated through research contribution. Additional selection criteria may also be used.
Support for students in financial need - bursaries
Bursaries recognize demonstrated financial need for students with satisfactory academic standings. Additional selection criteria may also be used.
Support to honour and celebrate – awards
Awards recognize, honour and celebrate the life and accomplishments of people and organizations and usually do not require superior academic or financial need criteria.
Alexa Stone is completing her second year of Lethbridge College’s Engineering Design and Drafting Technology program, while also working towards a bachelor of technology management elsewhere by correspondence. She also plans to take the college’s Civil Engineering Technology (CET) program when she graduates. That normally means two more years of study, but by applying the credits from her first diploma, Alexa can complete the program in one year.
To us, two diplomas and a degree in roughly three years adds up to motivation. It also adds up to be expensive. Alexa credits Lethbridge College’s Student Awards program for giving her the support she needs to succeed. “I couldn’t do it without the scholarships I have received. Through our library, I rent a laptop, with the requisite technology applications, which would cost over $10,000 per year if I had to purchase it. Student loans don’t cover those rental expenses. I am so grateful to the donors who have supported me in my studies.”