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October 27, 2011 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NRT Awards $740,000 in Scholarships & Bursaries
Vancouver – The New Relationship Trust (NRT) Scholarship and Bursary initiative, now in its fifth year, has helped more than 650 First Nation students in British Columbia (BC) pursue their post-secondary education goals.NRT is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening First Nations in BC through capacity building. Supporting education for First Nation individuals is a top priority for NRT. “The recipients are amongst BC’s brightest and most ambitions First Nations People,” explains NRT CEO Cliff Fregin. “They come from communities all over the province, and they reflect a wide variety of cultures, lifestyles, ages and interests. Whether they are studying to become carpenters or doctors, artists or entrepreneurs, ultimately these young individuals are the ones who will make a difference in their own lives and the lives of those around them.”
NRT created the scholarship initiative in 2007 to provide financial support to First Nation students pursuing Undergraduate, Masters, and Doctoral degrees. In 2008, a bursary award was added, providing support for students pursuing trades diplomas and certificates.
NRT scholarship awards for the 2011/12 school year have just been concluded. In total, $740,000 will support 144 students this year. Grants awarded were as follows:
• 44 Undergraduate degree Scholarships of $5,000
• 21 Masters degree Scholarships of $10,000
• 9 Doctorate degree Scholarships of $20,000
• $19,000 matching contribution to the Chief Joe Mathias Aboriginal Scholarship Fund
An additional $140,000 in Bursaries has been awarded for 2011/12. The Bursaries, worth $2,000 each were given to 70 students. On August 9, 2011 NRT held the 1st Annual Charity Golf Tournament to raise funds for Bursaries. The event was very successful and raised $16,452 to support First Nation students which went towards 8 additional Bursary awards! NRT will continue to host the Golf Tournament each year to raise addition funds to assist more students.
Education is consistently identified as a top priority for First Nation communities and people. Post secondary education, in particular can help First Nation people create improved lives for themselves and their families, whilst helping First Nations meet their growing Human Resources needs with skilled and qualified individuals from within their own communities.
Melanie Labatch, a member of the Sai’kuz Nation received an Undergrad scholarship for $5000 and expressed that “This program has supported me and my children, both financially and emotionally, through another school year. I appreciate the support and encourage New Relationship Trust to continue supporting aboriginal students with this great program! “.
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For more information:
Miranda Stirling, Project Officer
Tel: 604-925-3338 OR 1-800-922-3338
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