Reception brings students and donors together
The first SAIT scholarships were awarded in 1927 to three deserving students who received $10, $15 and $25 each.
We've come a long way.
In this our centennial year, the Student Awards program has more than $5 million dollars available to 4,600 SAIT students, thanks to the generosity of donors.
"I want to express my heartfelt appreciation to all our donors and partners," said SAIT VP Academic, Brad Donaldson in his address to donors and students at the Student Awards Reception on Wednesday, April 5. "You demonstrate your belief in our students, and invest in their success in a tangible way. You understand the value of applied education."
The Student Awards Reception was held to celebrate the success of SAIT students who had received scholarships and bursaries in the last year. It gave students the opportunity to meet those who support SAIT and donors the opportunity to meet as many students as possible.
Students say, "Thank you"
Erik Sundby, a SAIT graduate of SAIT's Journeyman Carpenter program and second-year student in the Civil Engineering Technology program spoke on behalf of all students by saying he was, "honoured to receive an award sponsored by the Calgary Construction Association. It made me feel like all the hard work I had put into school was being recognized.
"This is my story, but to every person in the room here tonight - donors, faculty and staff - I am honoured to represent the thousands of stories and the thousands of students who you are helping through your generosity and kindness. On behalf of my fellow students here this evening, and for all SAIT students, thank you for believing in us."
Sundby's story was echoed in the many thank yous to SAIT supporters throughout the evening. Mandy Kitt, a second-year Radio, Television and Broadcast News student at SAIT says donors like Brawn Family Foundation made her education possible.
"I have to pay back student loans, I have to pay rent, pay bills. The support of a donor is amazing because I wouldn't be able to be here without this kind of financial support."
Dean Brawn, a 1985 graduate of SAIT's Cinema, Television, Stage and Radio program, director of the Brawn Family Foundation and student awards donor says he and his family are proud to support SAIT. "It's an awesome school. They turn out phenomenal graduates. These students are the next generation of leaders in our community. We love doing things for SAIT."