RBC announces 2014 Aboriginal Student Awards Program recipients
TORONTO, Aug. 27, 2014 /CNW/ - From Engineering to Business
Administration to Nursing, over the past 22 years RBC has financially
helped 138 First Nations, Inuit and Métis students across Canada attend
post-secondary education. In continuing its support, RBC today
announced the recipients of the 2014 RBC Aboriginal Student Awards
Program. This year, 10 Aboriginal students will receive scholarships to
offset the costs of post-secondary education during the academic year,
including tuition, textbooks, living expenses, and school supplies.
This year's winners include a student who hopes to become a Biomedical
Engineer to help bring positive change to the global public health
sector and another who dreams of building an Aboriginal child care
center after completing her degree in Business Administration.
"While many Aboriginal students are eager to pursue post-secondary
education, some might not be able to, due to financial constraints,"
said Chinyere Eni, national director, Aboriginal Markets, RBC. "We
strongly believe investing in education fosters strong and healthy
Aboriginal communities. Our awards program helps students overcome
financial barriers so they can focus on their education, no matter what
they choose to study."
Since 1992, RBC has supported Indigenous students through the Aboriginal
Student Awards Program. RBC will award each recipient up to $4,000
annually, for a maximum of four years, for post-secondary education.
RBC also continues to invest in the Aboriginal students selected by
considering those interested in careers in financial services for an
opportunity to work at RBC.
2014 winners of the RBC Aboriginal Student Awards Program (in
Brittany David, Manitoba (Little Black River Nation)
University of Winnipeg - Business Administration
Nicholas Gault, Nova Scotia (Mi'kmaq)
Dalhousie University - Engineering
Keisha GoodLeaf, Québec (Mohawk)
Concordia University - Bachelor of Commerce, Accounting
Louis Harris, Ontario (Seneca - Six Nations)
University of British Columbia - Bachelor of Science, Zoology
Clarissa Hoostie, Saskatchewan (White Bear First Nation)
University of Calgary - Bachelor of Nursing
Sam MacLeod, Ontario (Ojibwe)
University of Toronto - Master of Information
Tatiana Ruiz, British Columbia (Soda Creek Indian Band - Shuswap)
Thompson Rivers University - Business Administration
Andre Schaub, Alberta (Ontario Métis Family Records Centre)
University of Alberta - Engineering
Kelsey Spence, British Columbia (Métis)
Capilano University - Business Administration
Robert Voudrach, Northwest Territories (Inuit of the Western Arctic)
Aurora College - Business Administration
Applications for the 2015 RBC Aboriginal Student Awards Program will be
accepted from December 1, 2014 to February 28, 2015. Eligibility
criteria and more information can be found at rbc.com/careers/aboriginal_student_awards. In honour of the late Corinne Mount Pleasant-Jetté, a prominent member
of the First Nations community who was instrumental in leading the
launch of the RBC Aboriginal Student Awards Program, as of January
2015, one of the RBC awards will be named "The Corinne Mount
Pleasant-Jetté Leadership Award". This award will be given to one of
the 10 winners who demonstrates leadership skills in their community
and acts as a change agent for Aboriginal communities.
About RBC and Aboriginal Canadians
RBC has a proud history of strong relationships with Aboriginal peoples.
For more than 100 years, RBC has helped strengthen First Nations, Inuit
and Métis communities across Canada. We are committed to serving
Aboriginal governments, communities, organizations, businesses and
individuals by creating opportunities for sustainable economic
development through: access to banking and capital; community and social development; employment, education and training; and procurement. RBC also provides donations and grants that support Aboriginal
interests in three key areas: the environment, specifically water;
youth literacy and education; and culture and heritage. For additional
information about these programs and more, visit rbcroyalbank.com/aboriginal and click on "A Chosen Journey Annual Report".
Image with caption: "The 2014 RBC Aboriginal Student Award Winners (CNW Group/RBC)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140827_C8002_PHOTO_EN_42541.jpg
For further information:
Kate Yurincich, RBC Communications, 416-974-1031
Katherine McNamara, RBC Communications, 555-222-0323