CBT rewards college students for community service

By Contributor
April 27th, 2010

Applications are now available for Columbia Basin Trust’s (CBT) College Community Service Awards.

CBT offers these awards in partnership with four Basin-based Colleges. The 22 awards valued at $2,000 are divided amongst students attending Selkirk College (10), College of the Rockies (10), Valemount Campus of College of New Caledonia (1) and the *Revelstoke Centre of Okanagan College (1).

Residents who are thinking of going back to school, but need some financial help, and have been actively volunteering in their community may qualify for these awards.

“It’s not uncommon for students to put their post-secondary education on hold after high school – for travel, work, family or any number of reasons,” said Neil Muth, CBT President and CEO. “When they do decide to return to school, students find a shortage of scholarship options and that’s where CBT’s award program helps bridge that gap.”

Based on volunteer community service rather than academic standing, these awards provide an opportunity for those residents who are already proving to be valuable assets in their communities to further their education. Volunteer service refers to a significant contribution of time, energy and/or talent that fosters social, environmental or economic well-being without resulting in a financial benefit to the applicant.

Academic achievement will be considered only in the context that a solid academic performance ensures the applicant’s ability to successfully complete his or her chosen post-secondary program, not as a key determining factor.

Detailed award eligibility criteria are available with the application forms. The deadline to submit an application for the College Community Service Award is June 30 and applications are available at www.cbt.org/ccsa. Applications are also available at all of the participating colleges’ websites or at any of the four CBT offices.

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