VICTORIA, Dec. 7 /CNW/ - Eighty-seven BC Aboriginal students received awards totalling $259,000 for study in BC this year, announced Hugh Gordon, chair of the Irving K. Barber British Columbia Scholarship Society.
"These awards help open new doors for BC's Aboriginal people," said Gordon. "They are an investment in their skills and talent."
The B.C. Aboriginal Student Award is funded from the returns on a $10 million endowment fund established by the Province in 2007 as part of its strategy to improve Aboriginal access and achievement. To ensure that there are more opportunities for people to benefit from this award, the Province provided an additional one-time grant of $500,000 that was used to fund awards last year and this year.
"Post-secondary education and training is a high priority for our Government, and we have placed a strong focus on creating and supporting opportunities for Aboriginal peoples," said Minister of Science and Universities Ida Chong. "I'd like to congratulate all of the recipients of this award, and wish them the best of luck and success on their educational journey."
Awards of $1,000 - $3,500 are given annually to Aboriginal students pursuing post-secondary education in B.C. The number of awards granted depends on the type of programs students are enrolled in and the revenue generated by the endowment fund. Preference was given to students enrolled in the trades and certificate programs.
The Irving K. Barber BC Scholarship Society works in partnership with the Victoria Foundation to provide scholarships to students attending public post-secondary institutions throughout the province and internationally. To date, the Society has awarded almost $2.5 million in scholarships.
To find out more about this program call the Victoria Foundation at 250-381-5532 or visit www.bcscholarship.ca.
List of recipients attached
2010 BC Aboriginal Student Award Recipients
|Institution||Student||Hometown / City|
|British Columbia Institute of Technology||Noel Barrientos||Vancouver|
|Alexandre Duclos||Maple Ridge|
|Camosun College||Katherine Boucher||Sooke|
|Capilano University||Page King-Drake||Garibaldi Highlands|
|Jamie Lawson||North Vancouver|
|College of New Caledonia||Andrew Rutherford||Hudson's Hope|
|College of the Rockies||Richelle Bowe||Cranbrook|
|Douglas College||Stacey Francis||D'Arcy|
|Cherisse Klassen||New Westminster|
|Emily Carr University of Art + Design||Mark Antony||Vancouver|
|Kwantlen Polytechnic University||Riley Brady-Springer||Surrey|
|Braxton Lawrence||Maple Ridge|
|Langara College||Mavis Benson||Southbank|
|Adrienne Charlie||West Vancouver|
|Native Education Centre||Allison Scow||Vancouver|
|Nicola Valley Institute of Technology||Karen Johnson||Coquitlam|
|North Island College||Willow Hunt-Scott||Denman Island|
|Melissa Kubinec||Campbell River|
|Northern Lights College||Pearl Widdicombe||Chetwynd|
|Northwest Community College||Stephanie Paige Anderson||Terrace|
|Okanagan College||Sean Carroll||Kelowna|
|Royal Roads University||Brian Chromko||Vancouver|
|Simon Fraser University||Michael Bellegarde||Vancouver|
|Thompson Rivers University||Alaina Holitzki||Chase|
|Anne Marie Leonard Trump||Kamloops|
|University of British Columbia||Cindy Allen||Victoria|
|Kelly Soros||Maple Ridge|
|University of Northern British Columbia||Priscilla Holmes||Vanderhoof|
|Larissa Hunsbedt||Prince George|
|Beatrice Michell||Burns Lake|
|University of the Fraser Valley||Koby Byrne||Abbotsford|
|Austin Ray Lawrence||Maple Ridge|
|University of Victoria||Jessica Barton||Victoria|
|Roxy-Merl Nora Jones||Victoria|
|Ellie Parton||Campbell River|
|Colette Child||Port Hardy|
|Vancouver Community College||Name Withheld||Smithers|
|Vancouver Island University||Rhonda Harry||Duncan|
|Wilp Wilxo'oskwhl Nisga'a Institute||Teresa Azak||Gitwinksihlkw|
For further information: For further information:
Media information contact:
Sharlene Smith, Victoria Foundation
Phone: 250-658-1583 www.bcscholarship.ca