As the youngest of 10 children in his family, Kevin MacDonald knew money could be hard to come by. He also knew the lasting impact education could make on people’s lives.
A longtime chartered professional accountant in New Glasgow, MacDonald and his business partner, Heather Murphy, are helping open that path to students at Nova Scotia Community College’s Pictou Campus.
“Scholarships and bursaries and support can make the difference between a great career and a not-so-great life path,” says Kevin of MacDonald & Murphy Inc. Chartered Professional Accountants, a member of The AC Group of Independent Accounting Firms Ltd.
The business recently established two financial awards for Business Administration — Accounting Concentration students, through a $10,000 gift to Make Way — The Campaign for NSCC at Pictou Campus.
The MacDonald & Murphy Inc. Scholarship is merit based, while the MacDonald & Murphy Inc. Bursary will help students in financial need.
The first recipient, Tristin Mabey, is a second-year business administration (accounting) student from Westville, who originally studied chemistry at university.
After deciding that wasn’t the right path for her, she worked in retail and food service for three years before enrolling at the the Pictou campus of the NSCC. She admits the financial challenges of returning to school have been daunting.
“This award has impacted me so substantially, in so many ways,” says Mabey. “I was anxious about this winter semester, and how I would find resources to pay for tuition, and this award will go directly to that.”
Heather Murphy and Kevin MacDonald
INSET: Tristin Mabey