Description of Program/Initiative

The Ministry provided $3M to the Irving K. Barber BC Scholarship Society ($1M in 2012, $2M in FY2015/16) for the Aboriginal Graduate Student Award. Awards worth $5,000 annually are awarded to Aboriginal students enrolled in masters and doctoral programs at B.C. universities.

Location Description

BC public and Aboriginal post-secondary institutions.

Eligibility Requirements

Awards are determined on a competitive basis to applicants who: - plan to study in a program with a minimum length of nine weeks leading to a post-secondary credential; - are First Nations, Inuit or Metis (as defined in the Constitution Act of 1982); and,- are residents of BC, defined as having had a primary residence at an address in the province for at least the past 12 consecutive months prior to the application deadline. First Nations applicants can be status or non-status.In addition, applicants for the Master's/Doctoral Award must: - Begin a full year of studies (two semesters) in a master's program or doctoral (PhD) program between May 1, 2016 and April 30, 2017; - Plan to study as a full-time student, as defined by their institution (usually 60% or more of a full course load); - Plan to study at a BC public post-secondary institution or an Aboriginal-run institution. Please note that students pursuing a Law JD Degree or a MD Undergraduate Degree should apply to the Undergraduate category for the purposes of these awards.

Resource Details:

Education
Public post-secondary and Aboriginal education institutions
In 2015, $252,500 was disbursed for 51 awards. (Latest year that data is available.)
Exclusively targets Aboriginal people.
On-going.
None
Applications must be received by April. All applicants notified about the status of their applications in early June.
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