Hill fam­ily es­tab­lishes new bur­sary at Hol­land Col­lege

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - COMMUNITY -

Sin­gle par­ents who have the re­spon­si­bil­ity of sup­port­ing de­pen­dant chil­dren while they at­tend col­lege now have ac­cess to a sig­nif­i­cant new bur­sary at Hol­land Col­lege, thanks to the gen­eros­ity of Jamie and Tracy Hill.

In­vested as an en­dow­ment at the Hol­land Col­lege Foun­da­tion, the Hill fam­ily’s $100,000 gift cel­e­brates a shared recog­ni­tion by Jamie, Tracy and their fam­ily of the im­por­tance of a post-se­condary ed­u­ca­tion.

Jamie also has a first-hand ap­pre­ci­a­tion for Hol­land Col­lege as a proud alum­nus, hav­ing grad­u­ated from the pro­gram­mer/an­a­lyst pro­gram in 1984 be­fore go­ing on to es­tab­lish and lead a num­ber of suc­cess­ful tech­nol­ogy com­pa­nies.

“I got my start at Hol­land Col­lege,” he said. “It’s where I launched my ca­reer, and I see daily the pos­i­tive im­pact it had on my life and work. I’m glad to give back.”

The Hills estab­lished their award to ben­e­fit sin­gle par­ents who have the re­spon­si­bil­ity to sup­port de­pen­dant chil­dren while they at­tend Hol­land Col­lege.

Re­cip­i­ents must be en­ter­ing first year as a full-time stu­dent in any of Hol­land Col­lege’s post­sec­ondary pro­grams.

Ul­ti­mately, the Hill’s hope is to ease the fi­nan­cial bur­den for sin­gle par­ents.

“The fi­nan­cial pres­sures stu­dents face dur­ing their col­lege or univer­sity years, cou­pled with the added re­spon­si­bil­ity to pro­vide for chil­dren, must sim­ply be over­whelm­ing,” said Tracy. “We re­ally ap­plaud those who take that step.”

Brian McMil­lan, pres­i­dent of Hol­land Col­lege, thanked the mem­bers of the Hill fam­ily for their sup­port.

“The Hill Fam­ily En­trance Award will make ac­cess to post­sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion pos­si­ble in cases where it might not have been pos­si­ble oth­er­wise,” McMil­lan said. “We are very grate­ful to Tracy and Jamie for this gen­er­ous gift.”

An award of ap­prox­i­mately $5,000 will be avail­able an­nu­ally start­ing this year. The award’s first re­cip­i­ent is Amy Smits, a stu­dent in the wood man­u­fac­tur­ing cab­i­net­mak­ing pro­gram, who grew up watch­ing her fa­ther build fur­ni­ture, which fos­tered her own pas­sion for wood­work­ing.

“I want to con­tinue to feel strong and happy, and show my chil­dren that no mat­ter what hap­pens, there is al­ways a so­lu­tion,” Smits said. “Re­ceiv­ing this award has changed my life.”

For more in­for­ma­tion on the Hill Fam­ily Award and other schol­ar­ships, bur­saries, and awards avail­able to Hol­land Col­lege stu­dents, visit Hol­land­col­lege.com.

Amy Smits, cen­tre, meets with Tracy and Jamie Hill after Smits was se­lected as the first re­cip­i­ent of the Hill Fam­ily En­trance Award.

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