NLC Foundation now taking Applications for the Bissett/Lawrence Award

Students planning on enrolling in full time studies at Northern Lights College this fall are invited to apply for a recently established annual award valued at $4,000.

The Bissett/Lawrence Award will be given to a deserving student enrolled in full time studies at Northern Lights College. The award is available to students throughout the Northern Lights College region, however, preference will be given to students living in the Dawson Creek area and/or graduates from South Peace Secondary School.

The main criterion for this award is financial need. Academic standing will also be a consideration. Applicants should indicate in a letter of application how they meet this criteria.

The award was established in 2003 by cousins Monty Bissett and Bill Lawrence in memory of their parents and in a desire to promote education and commerce in Dawson Creek. The 2003 recipient of this award is currently finishing a second semester of studies at Northern Lights College.

Monty’s father and mother, George and Thelma Bissett, owned a meat market with George’s parents, Arthur and Margaret Bissett. The first store opened in Wembley and Spirit River in 1928. The family then opened a general store at Montney, BC. which operated from 1940 to 1955. In 1956 they opened a store in Dawson Creek called the Midway, located across from Northern Lights College. George and Thelma were both involved in running the businesses. George and Thelma were married 66 years and retired to Vancouver in 1975. They raised two children, Valerie and Monty.

Glover and Jean Lawrence, Bill’s father and mother, came from Langley, BC, to Hythe, Alberta, in 1929 where they opened the first Lawrence’s Meat Market. They moved the business to Rolla in 1930 and to Dawson Creek in 1938 – in time to be involved in supplying meat for workers building the Alaska Highway. Lawrence Meats is now in its eighth decade, having been open for business nearly 75 years. Glover was very involved with the business and also the Masonic Lodge and the Shriners. Jean was very involved in the community and the United Church while raising two children, Bill and Georgene.

Both families started out their businesses at the start of the depression and endured some difficult times. However, they very much enjoyed commerce and trying to make a difference in the community.

Bill and Monty realize that in today’s world an education is essential. They also realize that success is not about how much money you have, but how you spend it.

Students receiving this award must be registered at Northern Lights College before receiving the award. The award will be used for tuition for two semesters with the remainder granted in monthly installments, subject to good attendance.

Students should send a letter of application outlining how they meet the criteria directly to Donna Kane, executive director, Northern Lights College Foundation, Regional Administration Building, Northern Lights College, 11401 – 8th Street, Dawson Creek, BC V1G 4G2

Application deadline is May 15th.