Student donor in Truro revels in learning, giving back
Kayla Beck enjoys giving back. It’s what drew her to Enactus — an extracurricular student program that sees those from diverse fields of study working on community projects — and ultimately to becoming a donor to Make Way — The Campaign for NSCC.
“When I found out I could direct my donation, it made it very impactful for me,” says Kayla, an International Business student at the NSCC’s Truro Campus.
The 29-year-old chose to put her $500 donation toward the Urgent Aid Fund, which helps NSCC students across Nova Scotia who are facing unexpected financial challenges and in danger of leaving their program.
It was Kayla’s way of paying it forward.
Earlier, after securing a four-month internship at the Nova Scotia Boatbuilders Association in Halifax, she found herself in dire need because she couldn’t afford to rent a new apartment in the city. Fortunately, Principal Lech Krzywonos made her case at The Rotary Club of Truro, and the organization covered her damage deposit. The Rotarians also loaned her $490 to cover her first month’s rent, telling her not to pay them back, but to pay it forward (she added another $10 to make it an even $500 donation).
“I put it to Urgent Aid because I know there are other students in dire need at my campus,” says Kayla. “Campus staff tried to help me in every way possible, and I am very grateful for that.”
She enjoys giving back through Enactus, one of NSCC’s extraordinary learning opportunities that is also benefitting from Make Way.
“I can see that it’s beneficial to what I’m learning, and I’ve always liked to give back,” says Kayla, who serves as Enactus President at the Truro Campus. This year, Dollars for Scholars — the group’s used text-book consignment business — was a huge success.
“We doubled our numbers and saved our students over $6,980,” says Kayla.