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Mohawk's new president launches new award to help students in financial need

Rob MacIsaac will celebrate his installation as the 7th President of Mohawk College by launching a new bursary to help students in financial need.

Students who are starting at Mohawk in September will be eligible for Mohawk Cares awards. Donations to the Mohawk Cares awards will be matched by the Province through the Ontario Trust for Student Support (OTSS).

MacIsaac will be officially installed as President April 9 during a 1 p.m. ceremony in the McIntyre Theatre at the Fennell Campus followed by a 2:30 p.m. reception at the College.

"The Mohawk Cares awards will help put a college education within the reach of students who have unlimited potential yet limited means," says Rob. "In these challenging economic times, our community cannot afford to have anyone put their dreams of a college education on hold. To build a stronger and more resilient community, we'll need highly skilled and future-ready Mohawk graduates. Donations to Mohawk Cares awards are a long-term invesment in our community that will benefit us all."

During the current school year, Mohawk students have received 705 annual, general and OTSS awards totalling $398,229. The awards are funded from the interest generated on a Mohawk endowment of more than $8.4 million. From 2005 to 2009, the money raised for OTSS bursaries at Mohawk has grown from $125,364 to $1,151,511.