The new south campus for Bow Valley College officially opened in Calgary Friday with Premier Alison Redford on hand for the event.

Located across from City Hall on Seventh Avenue S.W., it will also host classes for Olds College, the University of Lethbridge and Athabasca University.

The college announced the creation of the premier's community scholarship, which will make three annual awards of $3,000 to Bow Valley students.

The scholarship honours the three premiers who have worked on the Bow Valley south campus project over the years — Redford, Ed Stelmach and Ralph Klein.

Formerly known as the Alberta Vocational Centre, the college was founded in 1965 and currently has over 12,000 students enrolled at campuses across southern Alberta.

Premier Redford was also the subject of a unique tribute — a picture of her made out of candy.