Bursaries Help First Nations and Métis Students Realize Goals in Health Careers

by NationTalk on September 18, 20071064 Views

News Release
Building a stronger Alberta
September 18, 2007

Edmonton… Fifty students will attend classes this fall with assistance from Alberta’s Aboriginal Health Careers Bursary. A total of $285,000 is being provided this year to First Nations and Métis students, with amounts ranging from $3,000 to $10,000 per student.

Eligible students receive awards for studying in a degree or diploma program in a health field at a university, college, or technical institute. Areas of study among recipients this year include biochemistry, medicine, dentistry, nursing, physical therapy, kinesiology and occupational therapy.Awards were determined by a selection committee made up of representatives of the First Nations and Métis communities and representatives from Alberta Health and Wellness and Alberta Advanced Education and Technology. Financial awards under the Aboriginal Health Career Bursaries were first distributed in 1996.

“All of these students have demonstrated a strong dedication to their education, to their communities, and to improving quality of life for Albertans,” said Dave Hancock, Minister of Health and Wellness. “Helping these students establish themselves in the health profession and form strong ties between the health system and their communities is part of government’s commitment to building a stronger health workforce in this province. The benefits of this long standing program will be felt for years to come.”

In 2007-08, a record $57 million in overall scholarship funding in over 50 categories is being provided to Alberta’s students.

“I am pleased that we can help these students achieve their dreams, while addressing the need to bring more professionals into Alberta’s health care system,” said Advanced Education and Technology Minister Doug Horner. “No other province in the country provides as much per capita scholarship funding as Alberta and by the end of this fiscal year, over 33,000 Alberta students will receive a record $57 million in scholarships and awards.”

“These students represent a healthy future for their communities and all Alberta,” said Guy Boutilier, Minister of International, Intergovernmental and Aboriginal Relations. “We all benefit from their opportunity.”

The Aboriginal Health Bursary program supports Premier Stelmach’s priority of building a stronger Alberta. Other priorities for the government are to govern with integrity and transparency, manage growth pressures, improve Albertans’ quality of life and promote safe and secure communities. For more information about Alberta’s Scholarship Program, visit www.alis.gov.ab.ca.

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Media enquiries may be directed to:

Kevin Donnan
Communications
Alberta Advanced Education and Technology
(780) 427-0405

Michelle Hagen
Communications
Alberta Health and Wellness
(780) 427-5357

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