May 06, 2022 – Media Release
Halifax, NS – The NSCC Foundation is partnering with The PREP Academy to offer $16,000 in scholarships to African Nova Scotian students who attended the academy and will be attending Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) in fall 2022.
The PREP Academy is an organization that works to prepare African Nova Scotian high school students for college and university through career, professional and personal development programs and initiatives.
Through the new PREP Academy Possibilities Award, alumni of The PREP Academy can now apply for one of four, new $4,000 entrance awards.
“At NSCC, we strive to be an anti-racist college,” says Jill Provoe, NSCC Acting Vice President, Academic. “This partnership helps us increase access to education for African Nova Scotian students by tackling some of the financial obstacles they face. By removing systemic barriers in this way, we ensure that everyone feels a sense of belonging and can achieve their best. In turn, their lives can be transformed through education.”
Scholarships will be awarded to confirmed, full-time students enrolled in their first year of a certificate, diploma, advanced diploma or graduate certificate program at any NSCC campus. Applicants must outline their career aspirations, as well as demonstrate leadership and community involvement.
“These scholarships not only help reward African Nova Scotian students’ performance, they also help build generational wealth in their communities by reducing stifling financial student debt,” says Malik Adams, Vice Chair, The PREP Academy.
Confirmed applicants can apply at nscc.ca/awards. The deadline to apply is June 1, 2022.
About The PREP Academy
The PREP Academy is a community-based non-profit organization that inspires and prepares African Nova Scotian high school students for college and university. PREP helps students access resources and navigate processes, offering programs that provide culturally informed experiences, exposure and opportunities; equipping students with the tools to succeed and chart their own path to success. PREP’s high school alumni continue to receive support throughout their college and university journey, as a way to increase retention and representation among African Nova Scotian students in higher education.
NSCC is committed to building Nova Scotia’s economy and quality of life through education and innovation, transforming Nova Scotia one learner at a time. NSCC offers more than 140 career-oriented programs throughout the province at our 14 campuses, including our online eCampus. Programs are offered through five academic schools – Access, Education and Language; Business and Creative Industries; Health and Human Services, Technology and Environment; Trades and Transportation – and reflect the labour market needs and opportunities in Nova Scotia. NSCC’s primary goal: student success. An annual survey of College graduates shows that 83% are employed one year after graduation, most in their field of study, with 94% of those employed living and working in Nova Scotia.
For more information:
Niki Toomey, Communications Advisor, NSCC
Ashley Hill, Founder and Executive Director, The PREP Academy