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An awarding experience

Posted on December 9, 2016

Twice a year, Vancouver Community College (VCC) holds student awards ceremonies recognizing and celebrating the accomplishments of talented and deserving students enrolled in the vast range of programs offered at VCC.

On Friday, November 25, the fall awards ceremony took place at VCC’s Broadway campus where a total of 180 awards were given out. VCC’s scholarships and awards are established to recognize academic excellence and to acknowledge students who demonstrate leadership in the classroom or in their community. Many award recipients have overcome significant obstacles and financial barriers to pursue their studies. These awards help encourage and support students in their journey to academic and career success.

Each time VCC hosts student award ceremonies, one award is selected to video profile. It is difficult to single out one generous donor, or one deserving student, as VCC is blessed with a wealth of deserving and amazing student and donor stories. This season, we profiled Adam Willey, a music student who has fought hard to get to be where he is today. His award comes from the family of one beloved young man, Jess Daniel Nichol. Jess was a local "celebrity" bartender who worked in Gastown. He loved music and the music scene and it is fitting that his family chose to commemorate him with a music award. The Nichol family and friends establishsed this two-year award; the winner receives half now and half next September to build sustainability into the recipient's educational path.


With many donor representatives in attendance, the awards ceremonies provide a special opportunity for donors to directly connect with the recipients of their awards and the chance for students—and VCC—to thank their donors in person.

For more information on VCC’s financial awards including bursaries, scholarships and financial aid, visit our Financial Aid and Awards page including our Online Awards Guide. To make a donation, email or visit our online Gift Catalogue at

Visit the VCC Flickr site to view photos from the Fall Student Awards.

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