Endowment Bursary and Scholarships

Community Donations Continue to Make a Difference

During construction of North Nova Education Centre and Northumberland Regional High School, local community members and other stakeholders raised funds to finance enhancements to these new schools.  A charitable foundation was created to manage the donations and provide tax receipts to donors. 

Hence, the Pictou County Community Educational Opportunities Foundation was created with the following criteria:

  • To promote, advance and further the education of North Nova Education Centre and Northumberland Regional High School students;
  • To promote and reward excellence in academic achievement and the attainment of worthy social values among students and graduates of North Nova Education Centre and Northumberland Regional High School ;
  • To assist needy students and alumni of North Nova Education Centre and Northumberland Regional High School with the furtherance of their education;
  • To acquire by way of grant, gift, present, bequest, devise or otherwise, real and personal property and to use and apply such property to the realization of the objects of the Foundation;
  • To buy, own, hold, lease, mortgage, sell and convey such real and personal property as may be necessary or desirable in the carrying out of the obects fo the Foundation.

Upon completion of school construction the remaining funds were divided between both schools and the PCCEO was dissolved.  The donations NNEC received from this fund and other private donors, are now held in trust by NNEC and used to fund two annual awards for graduating students.

Making a Difference Award

NNEC established a "Making a Difference" award to recognize the school's motto; "Together We Can Make a Difference".  This award is presented annually to a graduating student who makes a positive difference in a quiet but effective way; an unsung hero whose work over the three years they were at NNEC led to good things happening for others.

This award was put in place to recognize the person from with whom the school motto originated.  The motto was taken from Henderson Paris' Run Against Racism.  For the 20 years Henderson, Carol and their committee conducted the Run Against Racism, using the slogan "Together We Can Make a Difference".  NNEC took this slogan as their own to honor Henderson and encourage students and staff to follow his example of serving others, taking positive action and making a real difference in the community. 

This award serves as a way for the school to recognize Henderson and all the many unsung heroes from our African Nova Scotian Community.  It is hoped that this will encourage everyone to look for ways to make a difference for someone else and to make NNEC a better place for all.

Upon Henderson's retirement, after leading the run for 20 years, Peter & Diane White continued the run under a new banner of the Marathon of Respect & Equality (MORE).  The run recently celebrated its 30th year of making change in our community.

New Glasgow High School Class of '56 Scholarship

Prior to the opening of North Nova Education Centre, the New Glasgow High School (NGHS) graduating class of 1956 created a fund from donations made by members of the NGHS Class of '56.  These donations were used to support a bursary to a graduating student of NGHS.  Upon the closure of NGHS, the bursary was graciously provided to graduating students of North Nova Education Centre.

The NGHS Class of '56 Endowment has since been disolved and is now held in Trust with NNEC.  These donations are used to offer the NGHS Class of '56 Scholarship that is awarded to a graduating student who has maintained the highest standing in English over three senior high years (Grade 10, 11 & 12).