Seven Indigenous students win competitive education award

November 29, 2017

Seven Indigenous Royal Roads students were each selected for a 2017 Aboriginal Student Award from the Irving K. Barber BC Scholarship Society. The awards, valued between $1,000 and $5,000, are issued each year through a competitive process to students studying at the undergraduate or graduate levels.

The Aboriginal Student Awards program is funded from the returns on an endowment fund established by the province of BC.

“Breaking down barriers and opening the doors to education and training for Indigenous students will equip them with the tools to thrive and succeed,” Melanie Mark, Minister for Advanced Education, Skills and Training says in a press release. “Education has the power to transform lives. Investing in education opportunities for Indigenous students is aligned with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action that our government is committed to supporting.”

Judy Carlick-Pearson, Megan Clarkson, Marcia Dawson, Eunice Joe, Kristie Lamirande, Sabreena Macelheron and Jennifer Smith are amoung 457 people to receive more than $1.3 million in scholarships across the province.