Eleven Indigenous students from the Peace region and Fort Nelson have received scholarships to support their post-secondary schooling.
The Irving K. Barber BC Scholarship Society announced Wednesday more than $1.8 million in Indigenous Student Awards, started in 2007 to remove barriers to higher education.
Receiving a Masters/Doctoral studies award of $5,000 is Brettany Makuch of Fort St. John, who is studying at the University of Northern BC.
Receiving undergraduate awards ($1,000-$2,500) are:
Summer Supernant, College of New Caledonia
Reiley Terbasket, University of BC Okanagan
Doig River First Nation
Danielle Harkey, Simon Fraser University
Harlen Bertrand, Capilano University
Fort St John
Tiffany Spahan, Northern Lights College
Sage Birley, University of Victoria
Madison Van Will, Vancouver Island University
Brooklyn Howard, University of Northern BC
Layne Labby, Northern Lights College
Ashley Watson, Thompson Rivers University
There were 612 students who were awarded this year.
The Indigenous population in B.C. is growing at more than triple the rate of the non-Indigenous population, with nearly 45% under the age of 25, the Society said.
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