Monday, December 3rd, 2012

167 BC Aboriginal Students Get $450,000 For College or University

John Yap

Photo: John Yap

167 British Columbian aboriginal students are getting help in paying for their college or university studies. The Irving K. Barber British Columbia Scholarship Society recently granted a total of $459,000.

“Aboriginal Awards play an important role in helping to increase access and encourage Aboriginal students to start, stay in and succeed in higher education,” said Minister of Advanced Education, Innovation and Technology, John Yap.

“B.C.’s Aboriginal people and communities are a vital part of B.C.’s economic future and their participation supports the BC Jobs Plan.”

The Irving K. Barber BC Scholarship Society has awarded over $4 million from its six scholarship and award programs. Twenty-three of this year’s awards are from a new fund established earlier this year to support Aboriginal students pursuing teaching. Awards of between $1,000 and $5,500 are issued to students through a competitive process every year.

“This award is not only helping me realize my own educational goals, it is also helping other Indigenous students and communities meet their own educational goals, as I plan to continue to work in and with various Indigenous communities after graduation,” said 2012 Teacher Education Award recipient, Danielle Mashon, an Aboriginal student studying to become a teacher at the University of British Columbia.

Ryan Leclaire
Author: Ryan Leclaire
Ryan has been writing for 7 years and has been featured in Chatelaine, Canadian Living and Cottage life.
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