Capilano University students Sarah Hager (North Vancouver) and Jaysen Villeneuve (Vancouver) are two of 94 B.C. Aboriginal students who will receive awards of $1,000 – $3,500 each for study in their home province this year. Awards totaling $256,000 were announced today by Jim Reed, chair of the Irving K. Barber British Columbia Scholarship Society.
“These awards are an investment in the skills and talents of BC’s Aboriginal students,” said Reed. “They will help to open new doors to B.C.’s educational system for Aboriginal people in all regions of the province.”
The B.C. Aboriginal Student Award is funded from the returns on a $10 million endowment fund established by the provincial government in 2007 as part of its strategy to improve Aboriginal access and achievement. To ensure that there are more opportunities for people to benefit from this award, the government provided an additional one-time grant of $500,000 that will be used to fund awards this year and in 2010.
“Government is committed to providing opportunities for Aboriginal people to help them start, stay in and succeed in post-secondary education and training,” said Moira Stilwell, minister of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development. “I congratulate the 94 student recipients of these awards and wish them much success in their educational endeavours.”
Awards of $1,000 – $3,500 are given annually to Aboriginal students pursuing post-secondary education in B.C. The number of awards granted depends on the type of programs students are enrolled in and the revenue generated by the endowment fund. Preference was given to students enrolled in the trades and certificate programs.
Working in partnership with the Victoria Foundation, the Irving K. Barber BC Scholarship Society provides scholarships to students attending public post-secondary institutions both throughout the province and internationally. To date, the Society has awarded over $2.2 million in scholarships.