Two Indigenous university students from Vanderhoof have been awarded scholarships from the Irving K. Barber British Columbia Scholarship Society.
Lyana Patrick, who attends the University of British Columbia, and Theresa John, who attends Thompson Rivers University, have each received masters/doctoral awards.
In total, 470 Indigenous students in B.C. have been awarded $1.5 million from the society to support their studies at post-secondary institutions throughout the province.
The Society’s Indigenous Awards program is funded from the returns on an endowment fund established by the Province of British Columbia. It was created to assist in removing barriers to higher education for Indigenous peoples. Awards of $1,000 to $5,000 each are issued every year through a competitive process to students studying at all post-secondary levels, from trades training to doctoral programs.
“Congratulations to this year’s recipients … I am so proud to see so many Indigenous students advancing their aspirations and dreams through higher education,” said Melanie Mark, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training. “Almost eighty percent of future careers will require post-secondary training. Our government is deeply committed to breathing life into the Calls to Action on reconciliation by supporting pathways and opening doors of opportunity for Indigenous learners. Together we are going to build the best B.C.”