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Students from UNBC and College of New Caledonia awarded $1,000 for tourism

This spring a student from University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) and College of New Caledonia (CNC) were awarded $1,000 to go towards their tourism studies.
Tourism Prince George CEO Colin Carson (right) stands with UNBC student Kayla McNeil, who received a $1,000 bursary from TPG to go towards her Bachelor of Arts in Nature-Based Tourism Management.

The future is bright for post secondary recipients of Tourism Prince George’s financial award program.

This spring a student from University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) and College of New Caledonia (CNC) were awarded $1,000 to go towards their tourism studies.

“Being able to support these two students so they can realize their dreams in the tourism and hospitality industry is incredible and just one way we want to give back to the community, and our industry,” said TPG CEO Colin Carson.

“It feels like more than just a financial aid; it's a medal of recognition for my dedication to the tourism and hospitality sector,” said CNC scholarship recipient Sandeep Singh. “This acknowledgment inspires me to contribute even more to the industry, knowing that my efforts are valued and are making a positive impact.”

Singh, who came to Canada from India, holds a bachelor degree in tourism management and is currently in the Tourism and Hotel Management Post Diploma program at CNC. “This bursary is like a lifeline, helping me pursue my dreams in the tourism industry.”

For second-year UNBC student Kayla McNeil—the first person in her immediate and extended family to pursue secondary education—receiving this bursary goes beyond avoiding student loans and financial stress. “This bursary is not just about the monetary amount but about the overwhelming support from the generous contributions for my education.”

UNBC and CNC offer tourism-related post-secondary studies Singh enjoys hands-on learning. He aspires to use his creativity and passion for the industry to work in tourism marketing or destination development.

“My favorite aspect of studying tourism and hospitality at the College of New Caledonia is undoubtedly the practical teaching approach. I've developed skills like developing marketing plans, crafting strategic plans, refining product development strategies, and adeptly handling events,” said Singh. McNeil is specializing in leadership and outdoor education. She appreciates that UNBC’s Bachelor of Arts in Nature-Based Tourism Management, has the opportunity to open many doors for her future.

“It is very difficult to pick a favorite part about studying outdoor recreation and tourism because it has so much to offer. “The topics in tourism and outdoor recreation are always changing and with my degree I am given the freedom to explore relevant topics and participate in recreation and tourism in all of its different forms,” she explained.

McNeil plans to use her love for the outdoors and education from UNBC to eventually start her own tourism business. Last year TPG expanded its financial award program to include a scholarship for CNC. In addition, TPG will be awarding a $500 scholarship and $500 bursary to two graduating School District 57 students working towards a career in tourism and hospitality.