Three Capilano University Aboriginal students are recipients of an Irving K. Barber Aboriginal Student Award from the Irving K. Barber British Columbia Scholarship Society. The Cap recipients are: Sage Birley from Baldonnel in the Peace River District, Sheila Hantan from North Vancouver, and an unnamed recipient from Langley.
The B.C. Aboriginal Student Award is funded from the returns on a $10 million endowment fund established by the province of B.C. in 2007 as part of its strategy to improve Aboriginal achievement and access to education. Awards of $1,000 – $3,500 are given annually to Aboriginal students pursuing post-secondary education in B.C.
“Through the Irving K. Barber B.C. Scholarship Society, we are supporting Aboriginal learners to take post-secondary education and training so they’re ready to fill the jobs of tomorrow, which is an important part of the BC Jobs Plan,” said Naomi Yamamoto, minister of advanced education. “Congratulations and best wishes to the recipients as they continue their studies.”
The Irving K. Barber BC Scholarship Society works with the Victoria Foundation to provide scholarships to students attending public post-secondary institutions throughout the province and internationally. To date, the Society has awarded more than $3.8 million from its six scholarship programs.
“Our society board has adopted steps to ensure a stable level of awards each year regardless of market conditions,” said Hugh Gordon, society chair. “It’s part of our commitment to ensuring access to education for deserving students from throughout the province.”
To make a donation or to find out more about the B.C. Aboriginal Student Award and the Irving K. Barber British Columbia Scholarship Society, visit http://www.bcscholarship.ca/web/ or call the Victoria Foundation at 250.381.5532.
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