Bursary support helps elite athlete hit her professional stride

When an athletic scholarship to play softball in the States fell through at the last minute, Jesse Williams suddenly found herself looking for a new game plan.

With her sports career benched, Williams needed new goals, and a new focus for her drive, energy, and ambition. The business administration program at NBCC St. Andrews Campus seemed like a good place to start.

“I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do in life, but I did know that business can be applied to anything and everything!” she laughed.

Williams began her program at NBCC, but it soon became clear that she would need some support if she was to reach the finish line.

“I was working full time at Tim Hortons and going to school full time. Money was tight. I was also living on my own, so money for rent and groceries came into play. With all that going on, saving enough money to pay for school was hard!”

Fortunately, Williams was able to access much-needed financial support through NBCC’s scholarship and bursary program.

“They helped me out incredibly. The scholarships really relieved some stress and I was able to stay enrolled in school. If it wasn’t for that support, I’m not sure I would have been able to finish my second year!”

Looking back, Williams said she wouldn’t trade her NBCC experience for anything.

“I truly believe everything happens for a reason,” she said. “College is really where it’s at! The smaller class sizes made learning much easier and enjoyable. The teacher was able to give more one-on-one attention, and my class became my family!

Now, Williams feels ready and equipped to meet new opportunities head on.

“I am so glad I took this course. My experience at NBCC was incredible…I learned so many useful tools that I apply daily in my personal life. It’s a great program and I look forward to finding a job where I can put all these tools I learned to work!”

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