Three Chase residents have been selected to receive scholarship funding for their post-secondary pursuits.
Thompson Rivers University students Darci Phillip and Natasha Billy, and University of British Columbia student Matthew Melpatkwa are among 384 aboriginal post-secondary students in line to receive a funding through the Irving K. Barber British Columbia Scholarship Society.
The Society’s Aboriginal Student 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 aboriginal peoples.
Awards of $1,000 to $5,000 are issued every year through a competitive process to students studying at all post-secondary levels, from trades to doctoral programs.
“Irving K. Barber scholarship awards are assisting 384 Aboriginal students to advance their education, build careers and take their place as community leaders,” said B.C. advanced education Minister Andrew Wilkinson.
“Aboriginal youth are the fastest growing demographic in British Columbia, and they are an important part of building a strong, skilled workforce in our province.”
The Irving K. Barber BC Scholarship Society provides scholarships and awards to students attending public post-secondary institutions throughout the province and internationally.