VICTORIA, Nov. 27, 2013 /CNW/ - The Irving K. Barber British Columbia
Scholarship Society has granted a total of $813,000 to a record 265
Aboriginal students in BC to support their studies at post-secondary
colleges and universities throughout the province. This represents a
near doubling in the number and value of Aboriginal Awards granted by
the Society the previous year.
The Society's Aboriginal Awards program is funded from the returns on a
$12 million endowment fund established by the Province, and an
additional $2M fund created in 2012 to encourage more Aboriginal
students to become teachers, and $1M for Aboriginal students pursuing
Masters and Doctoral studies. Awards of between $1,000 and $5,500 each
are issued to students through a competitive process every year. The
awards programs are intended to assist in removing barriers to higher
education for the province's Aboriginal peoples.
"Throughout our province, more Aboriginal students are succeeding in
their post-secondary studies and taking advantage of the exciting job
opportunities," said Advanced Education Minister Amrik Virk.
"Congratulations to these deserving students, and best of luck in your
In accepting his 2013 Aboriginal Student Award, Gage LeBlanc, who is
studying Business Administration at Camosun College, offered the
following comment about its impact. "By granting me this award, the
financial burden of post-secondary education has been extensively
lightened. This will allow me to put more time and effort into my
studies…and I am inspired to help others to make the decision to enter
a college or university program."
"Aboriginal youth are the fastest growing demographic in our population
and yet they are under-represented at our colleges and universities.
Through these awards, the Irving K Barber Scholarship Society hopes to
encourage more Aboriginal students to pursue post-secondary education
to secure the skills and training they will need to reach their full
potentials. "said Society Chair, Hugh Gordon.
The Irving K. Barber BC Scholarship Society provides scholarships to students attending public post-secondary
institutions throughout the province and internationally. Since its
inception, the Society has awarded over $5 million from its six
scholarship and award programs.
Editors Please Note: A complete list of 2013 Aboriginal Student Award recipients can be
found at www.bcscholarship.ca//web/news
SOURCE: Victoria Foundation
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Media information contact:
Rory Grewar, Director of Special Funds, Victoria Foundation, Phone: 250-381-5532