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Financial supports available for new and returning RRC students

August 30, 2018

Whether you’re pursuing an education in Culinary Arts, Construction Management or Electrical Engineering Technology (shown above) — or any of the other 200-plus full- and part-time programs at Red River College — there are financial supports available to help you along the way.

The College encourages all eligible students to apply for awards and bursaries that will help them achieve their academic goals. Last year, RRC handed out 3,881 awards (an increase of almost 70 per cent from previous years) that supported 1,840 students across the College. This year, close to $3 million will be available for eligible students who choose to apply.

Made possible through generous support from the College’s donors and the provincial government, these awards help students who are experiencing financial barriers stay focused on their educational goals.

“Our top priority as a College is for our students to succeed,” says RRC President Paul Vogt. “These awards are a way to alleviate financial pressure and ensure that students have a positive experience at the College, which helps them transition into the workforce as confident leaders in their chosen fields.”

“We pride ourselves on having students who graduate ahead of the curve, who enter the workforce with hands-on experience and expertise and with strong industry relationships. That can’t happen without the financial support being provided.”

Students who are considering applying for a scholarship, bursary or financial award are encouraged to explore the full list of awards available here.

New awards available for the 2018/2019 academic year include:

The Red River College School of Indigenous Education Award

This first-of-its-kind Building Brighter Futures: Bursaries, Scholarships and Awards partnership between RRC and Indspire will cover the full cost of tuition, books and supplies for students enrolled in one of the following new programs:

This award is the result of a one-year pilot agreement between RRC and Indspire, with RRC’s School of Indigenous Education investing over $210,000 towards the award. In return, Indspire will match the College’s contributions dollar-for-dollar for a total of over $420,000 to support Indigenous learners.

Mona Lisa Ristorante Italiano Artistic Award for Culinary Arts Students

One award of $1,500 has been made available by Mona Lisa Ristorante Italiano, whose proprietor, Joe Grande, believes that food isn’t just food — it’s art. The award will be available annually to a deserving Culinary Arts (Term 4) student pursuing a career as a chef in Winnipeg. The qualified candidate will display creativity, innovation and a passion for cultural cuisine, as well as leadership qualities and excellent academic achievement in Global Cuisine and Buffet class.

Robert Okabe Achievement Award for Municipal Engineering Technology Students

This award was created by Robert Okabe, a proud graduate of RRC’s Civil Engineering Technology Program at Red River College. A $1,000 award is available to support a student entering their third year of Municipal Engineering Technology, who maintains a minimum 3.0 GPA and believes in the importance of volunteerism. The eligible candidate should submit a general application with a short statement outlining their recent volunteer experience. The application deadline is the first Friday in November.

Andrew Rohulych Memorial Award for Electronic Engineering Technology Students

One award valued at a minimum $1,500 has been established by family and friends of Andrew Rohulych, a proud alumnus of RRC’s Electronic Engineering Technology program, who led an outstanding career as a technical lead with BSD Solutions in Manitoba. The award will be presented annually to a student entering the third year of Electronic Engineering Technology, who has been an active class participant, has demonstrated a passion for the industry, a high work ethic and leadership skills, and has shown a willingness to assist fellow students.

Canadian Council of Independent Laboratories (CCIL) Award for Municipal and Structural Engineering Technology Students

A $2,500 award, established by the Canadian Council of Independent Laboratories (CCIL), is available to a student in the third year of Municipal or Structural Engineering Technology at RRC. The qualified candidate will have achieved a minimum 3.00 GPA based on their second year, a minimum grade of “B” for either Geotechnical Fundamentals (Structural Engineering Technology) or Geotechnical Materials 1 (Municipal Engineering Technology). Applicants must also demonstrate a financial need. The application deadline is the first Friday in November.