Jennifer Mitchell's dream of becoming an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer looked at risk in her second year when she couldn't make ends meet.
Jennifer developed a passion for aviation from a young age. At 12 she joined Air Cadets, and went on to earn top marks and awards, leading to a glider and private pilot license. After finishing at 19, she gave back by teaching ground school to young pilots.
Realizing that her first love could also be her career, Jennifer decided to enroll in BCIT. However, making this dream a reality was going to be tough. Her dad, raising her as a single parent, developed a chronic illness, and was unable to offer financial support.
Scraping together the few resources she could, Jennifer made the leap. She worked hard, became her student association class rep, applied for student loans, and took a part-time job at Harbour Air. But even with all this, she found it difficult to make ends meet.
That's when bursary support helped Jennifer get back on track. Near the end of her first term, in her darkest hour, Jennifer received a bursary from the Pam and Jerry Bastien Endowment. This generosity, combined with an HSBC Aerospace Entrance Award in her second term, let her continue studying without worrying about how she would pay the rent.
Today, Jennifer is a qualified Aircraft Maintenance Engineer working full-time as an Avionics Apprentice for Aeronav Avionics Inc.