Four students from China awarded $10,000 to Study in B.C.

    VICTORIA, Sept. 18 /CNW/ - Four students from China will each receive
$10,000 from the Irving K. Barber British Columbia Scholarship Society. The
scholarships will go towards their studies at post-secondary institutions in
    "These scholarships support the international exchange of knowledge and
culture", said Society chair Mike Apsey. "They help bring academic excellence
to B.C. and support building international partnerships."
    The One World International Scholarship for Study in B.C. provides up to
ten scholarships of $10,000 each annually to students from a designated
country wishing to pursue post-secondary studies in B.C. The scholarships are
currently available to students from the People's Republic of China. The
government of China has established a similar program to host B.C. students.
    "Strengthening international education is a key element of our Asia
Pacific Strategy and the One World International Scholarship for Study in B.C.
opens the door to our province to promising international students," said
Murray Coell, Minister for Advanced Education and Labour Market Development.
"This government is committed to recognizing and nurturing the talents and
abilities of young people."
    The recipients of the scholarship will study in B.C. for at least 1 year
at a public post-secondary institution in a program that leads to a
credential. To be eligible for the scholarship, students must be completing
high school or be enrolled in a post-secondary institution in the Peoples
Republic of China and have a minimum B+ or equivalent academic standing.
    "Congratulations to the four Chinese students who have been accepted as
the One World International Scholarship winners," said B.C. Education Consul
from the People's Republic of China Zhang Fajun. "This great scholarship
program will attract more and more excellent Chinese students to study within
public post-secondary institutions in British Columbia, and strengthen the
educational cooperation and exchanges between British Columbia and China."
    The Irving K. Barber BC Scholarship Society, in partnership with the
Victoria Foundation, provides scholarships to students attending public
post-secondary institutions in B.C. and internationally. To date, the Society
has awarded over $1.2 million in scholarships.
    For more information about this scholarship, the Society's other
scholarship programs, or to donate to the international scholarships endowment
fund, visit or call the Victoria Foundation at

    List of recipients below

            One World International Scholarship for Study in B.C.
                               2008 Recipients

                   Home          Sending        Receiving
    Student      Location      Institution     Institution    Field of Study
    Tingfang     Shijiazhuang  Dalian          Simon Fraser   Bachelor of
    (Flora) Ren                Maple Leaf      University     Business
                               International                  Administration
    Sikai Yang   Shanghai      Shanghai        University     Bachelor of
                               Pinghe School   of B.C.        Applied
    Yue Zhang    Taiyuan       Taiyuan No.5    University     Bachelor of
                               Middle School   of B.C.        Commerce
    Longlong     Hangzhou      Zhejiang        Simon Fraser   Bachelor of
     Zhu                       University      University     Computer

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For further information: Media information contact: Sharlene Smith,
Victoria Foundation, Phone: (250) 658-1583,

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