Students, community benefit from scholarship program

A passion for community has landed four Nanaimo students scholarship funding thanks to Coastal Community Credit Union.

Brayden Cristiano and his team are hard at work doing repairs to Nanaimo’s Linley Valley boardwalk.

Brayden Cristiano and his team are hard at work doing repairs to Nanaimo’s Linley Valley boardwalk.

A passion for community has landed four Nanaimo students scholarship funding thanks to Coastal Community Credit Union.

Alina Ruiz, Jason McKee-Fortin and Kailey Laidlaw each received $1,500 from the Coastal Community’s 2011 Scholarship Program while Brayden Cristiano received a $1,500 scholarship,  up to $1,000 in funding to implement his community project to repair Nanaimo’s Linley Valley boardwalk and an additional $500 scholarship upon completion of the project.

The four are among eight Island students to receive the scholarships.

“It’s inspiring to see these students’ commitment to making a visible and meaningful difference in our communities – our homes,” said Allyson Prescesky,  Coastal manager of community experience and communications.

Information on Coastal’s  2012 scholarship program will be available online at www.cccu.ca in January.