The sixth annual Lakeland College President’s Gala presented by Eagle Builders will help more financially strapped students at the Lloydminster and Vermilion campus.
The gala, held in Lloydminster on April 13, raised more than $72,000, the most ever for Lakeland’s Support Our Students Bursary (SOS).
Last year’s gala raised $56,000 for the SOS bursary.
“We’re truly thankful for their generous contributions and making a lasting impact in the lives of Lakeland students,” said Alice Wainwright-Stewart, Lakeland’s president and CEO.
“Every bit counts for our students. These funds will help alleviate the financial stress that comes with funding a post-secondary education, and our students will be able to focus on leading in their studies rather than surviving.”
The SOS Bursary is inclusive to all students and will help them overcome financial challenges, and grow Lakeland’s student awards program.
In the most recent bursary application process, Lakeland received 260 applications.
Of these applications, only 121 received funding.
“The SOS bursary will change the lives of Lakeland students,” said Matt Peck, gala co-emcee and business student during the gala.
“We’ll continue to step out of our comfort zones, tackle new experiences and excel without the barrier of financial burden.”
Peck shared the emcee role with fellow student Stephanie Wakefield, in keeping with Lakeland’s commitment to create leadership opportunities.
Gala guests enjoyed a four-course gourmet meal, live and silent auctions, a luxury raffle, and a performance by Canada’s Queen of R&B Soul, Jully Black, presented by Newcap Broadcasting.