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Princess Auto Foundation increases support for students

The Princess Auto Foundation has significantly increased its annual support to the Holland College Foundation, benefiting students entering trades programs at Holland College.

The Princess Auto Foundation Entrance Awards were established at Holland College in 2017, with 20 awards valued at $1,250 each available to incoming students pursuing careers in the trades.  In 2019, all 20 awards were increased in value to $1,750, bringing The Princess Auto Foundation’s annual support of the Holland College Foundation to $35,000 per year.

David Shnider, Director for The Princess Auto Foundation, highlighted the desire of Princess Auto and The Princess Auto Foundation to encourage students to consider meaningful careers in the trades.

“Financially supporting the education of students in trades programs at colleges across Canada helps greatly to enhance education and provide opportunities to future tradesmen and tradeswomen,” said Shnider.  “We are very pleased to support the Holland College Foundation for the benefit of Holland College students, and we are particularly proud to have distributed more than $4 million in bursaries to Canadian colleges since our inception as a foundation in 2007.”

Natalie Mitton, Holland College’s Vice President, Academic and Applied Research, applauded the investment made by The Princess Auto Foundation, noting the direct effect on students entering post-secondary institutions.

“We are tremendously grateful when our students receive support from industry, and industry partners like The Princess Auto Foundation to help them on their educational journeys,” said Mitton. “The investment made by The Princess Auto Foundation will impact our learners in the trades long into the future.”

The Princess Auto Foundation Awards are granted based on financial need to Canadians or residents of Canada who are accepted as full-time students into any of the following Holland College programs: Aircraft Turbine Technician, Automotive Technology, Carpentry, Commercial Diving, Construction Electrical, Electromechanical Technology, Energy Systems Engineering Technology, Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning Technology, Heritage Retrofit Carpentry, Industrial Electrical Technology, Plumbing, Power Engineering, Precision Machinist, Steamfitting / Pipefitting, Welding Fabrication, Welding Fabrication Year 1, Wind Turbine Technician, and Wood Manufacturing Cabinetmaking.

For complete details, visit the scholarships and awards section of the website.

In this picture: Natalie Mitton (L), Vice President, Academic and Applied Research at Holland College, and Jo-Ann Campbell-Boutilier, Executive Director of the Holland College Foundation, accept a $35,000 cheque for the 2019/20 Princess Auto Foundation Entrance Awards from David Shnider, Director for The Princess Auto Foundation.


For more information about this release, please contact:
Jo-Ann Campbell-Boutilier, Executive Director - College Advancement and the Holland College Foundation
Tel: 902-629-4273
Date: Wednesday, June 12, 2019