Aboriginal teacher education award improves student success Updated Feb. 13, 2012 to add link to video
VICTORIA - A new bursary program will support Aboriginal students studying to become teachers and help them pursue careers as educators.
The Aboriginal Teacher Education Award Program, a $2-million fund, will support Aboriginal students enrolled in a teacher education program at a public post-secondary institution in British Columbia. Awards will be up to $5,000 annually for a maximum of four years.
The Aboriginal Teacher Education Award is in addition to the $10-million endowment fund established in 2007, as part of the Province's strategy to improve access to post-secondary education for Aboriginal students.
The fund is administered by the Irving K. Barber B.C. Scholarship Society, which works with the Victoria Foundation to provide scholarships and awards to B.C. students throughout the province and internationally. To date, the society has awarded more than $3.8 million from six programs, including $794,000 to 251 Aboriginal students in B.C.
Applications for the 2012 Aboriginal Teacher Education Awards will be accepted until April 10.
Irving K. Barber British Columbia Scholarship Society chair Hugh Gordon -
"Our society is delighted to be able to expand the Aboriginal Student Award program to a group whose success and leadership will be an immediate and positive example for other Aboriginal students.
"It's part of our commitment to ensuring access to education for deserving students from throughout the province."
- Aboriginal youth are the fastest-growing demographic in the province, making Aboriginal people the future of B.C.'s workforce.
- Over 21,000 students a year who enrol in public post-secondary identify themselves as Aboriginal. That is a 17 per cent increase since 2007.
To find out more about this and other student awards offered by the Irving K. Barber B.C. Scholarship Society, visit: http://www.bcscholarship.ca or call the Victoria Foundation at 250 381-5532.
For a video of the recent Aboriginal Post-Secondary Education Forum at the Wosk Centre, visit: http://youtu.be/QoaUNAP4JAM
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