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26 B.C. Aboriginal Students Receive Scholarships

by NationTalk on April 5, 2007633 Views

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
2007AE0019-000394
April 4, 2007

Ministry of Advanced Education

VICTORIA – The Province has awarded 26 Alberta scholarships worth $2,005 each to Aboriginal students attending British Columbia’s public post-secondary institutions, Advanced Education Minister Murray Coell announced today.

“We chose to award these Alberta scholarships to Aboriginal students in B.C. to help them start, stay in and succeed in post-secondary education and training,” said Coell. “The recipients of these awards are great role models in their communities and inspire others to pursue their vision of the successful future that education provides.”In celebration of their centennial year, the Alberta government is providing 25 annual scholarship awards to every province and territory in Canada starting this year. It is up to each province and territory to determine its own application process and deadline. The Ministry of Advanced Education added one more scholarship to ensure that students at each of B.C.’s 26 public institutions have equal opportunity to access the awards.

The first awards went to students this month. The winners were chosen by the British Columbia First Nations co-ordinators committee made up of eight members from public post-secondary institutions and a representative from the ministry.

“We are gratified to be part of awarding the scholarships to our students,” said Suzanne Bate, chair of the BCFNC. “As frontline service providers, we are committed to supporting and facilitating student success.”

Students must be First Nations, Métis, or Inuit to be considered for the scholarship. They must be enrolled in full-time studies at a public post-secondary institution, provide their educational goals and employment aspirations, and show a need for the funds with their application. Students who want to apply next year should contact the First Nations co-ordinator at their institution in December for application details.

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