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June 27, 2012

RDC Support Staff Association creates a $230,000 endowment

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Red Deer, June 26, 2012 – The former Red Deer College Support Staff Association has created a $230,000 endowment fund for deserving RDC students.

In 2011, the RDC Support Staff Association joined the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE). This left the former Association with a large sum of money collected over the years. After consulting with its membership it was decided that the money would be used to impact RDC students today and for years to come.

“We want others in our community to support their college,” says Shawn Deveau, Chair of the local chapter of AUPE. “We believe legacy starts here. We are the frontline support working with students on a daily basis and we’d be missing the point if we didn’t step up to the plate and lead in giving.”

The RDC Support Staff Legacy Endowment will provide six annual scholarships equalling $1000 each, to be awarded starting in 2013.

Eligibility for the award is: any student entering or continuing full-time studies in any RDC Program, including Apprenticeship, who is a member of AUPE; an immediate family member of an AUPE member; a student sponsored by an AUPE member. Students must show financial need and have a minimum GPA of 2.7 to qualify. Students can apply for this scholarship online and find out further eligibility requirements.

“The decision by the support staff to invest generously in the success of our students, with a permanent endowment, reflects community leadership and their own commitment to RDC,” says Michael Donlevy, Vice President, Community Relations.” We are continually grateful for the support we receive from individual staff and faculty who work at the College that helps bring excellence to the classroom. For all of us who work at RDC, it always comes back to our students - they are our core. The awards that will result from this endowment will help alleviate financial challenges for so many students. That really excites us.”

Building Communities Through Learning and RDC Fund Development

The continued growth of RDC hinges on significant investments from government, as well as major commitments from community partners, corporations, foundations and individual donors and philanthropists. Over the past few years, private supporters have committed more than $20 million to RDC, helping to expand our programs, our student support by $6 million alone, and our facilities with an additional 200,000 square feet of new learning space.

RDC is celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Arts Centre. First opened in 1986, this state-of-the-art community performing arts centre has housed the training of over 40,000 actors, technicians, musicians, filmmakers, and dancers that contribute to the vibrant arts and cultural scene of Alberta.

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