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November 4, 2020

Victoria, B.C. – Two first-year nursing students at Camosun College will have fewer tuition worries this year as recipients of a new bursary program created by CIBC in response to COVID-19.

The CIBC Future Heroes Bursary Program will invest $500,000 over the next two years. The program was created to inspire and support the next generation of healthcare professionals with each bursary recipient receiving $2,500 toward one academic year.

“The CIBC Future Heroes bursary recognizes the hard work and dedication of Camosun healthcare students,” says Geoff Wilmshurst, Executive Director, Camosun Foundation. “These students will graduate and go on to join the thousands of Camosun alumni working tirelessly to keep us all well.”

Two first-year students from each of the 50 schools were selected as recipients for the CIBC Future Heroes Bursary.

"During this unprecedented year, frontline health care workers have been bravely fighting COVID-19, and their unwavering courage will inspire the next generation of Canadian health care professionals," said Stephen Forbes, Executive Vice-President, Purpose, Brand and Corporate Affairs. "CIBC is proud to help post-secondary students realize their ambitions of pursuing a career in health care so that they make an impact on the health industry in Canada."

Danielle Bonilla and Maya Patel, both Baccalaureate of Science, Nursing students, were selected from Camosun College.

“The CIBC Future Heroes Bursary has helped me immensely, financially supporting my education,” says Danielle. “This award will be covering my first semester’s tuition, allowing me to focus on my studies.”

“This bursary will provide me the opportunity to focus solely on my education and my success in post-secondary instead of carrying the additional heavy burden of worrying about being able to afford my education,” says Maya. “I’ll be able to continue to apply the same diligence to my studies as I have to all my commitments to this point, making education and service to others my top priority.”

The award will be open again in summer 2021 for the all first-year students studying during the 2021/22 academic year in the School of Health and Human Services at Camosun.

Established in 1971, Camosun is one of the largest colleges in British Columbia with campuses on the Traditional Territories of the Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples.

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