Correlieu Secondary School students try out heavy equipment simulators today thanks to the Council of Forest Industries and the University of Vancouver Island a couple of years ago. (Observer file photo)

COFI now accepting applications for 2020 Forestry Scholarships

Twelve entrance scholarships worth $1,500 will be awarded

Graduating students who are interested in a career in forestry can now apply for a B.C. Council of Forest Industries (COFI) 2020 Forestry Scholarship.

Each year, COFI awards $1,500 entrance scholarships to 12 students pursuing post-secondary education or training in B.C. in a skilled trades program associated with the forest industry.

“COFI is pleased to support the next generation of students as they pursue their education goals and learn about the forest industry of the future,” Susan Yurkovich, president and CEO of COFI, said in a press release. “The forest industry is the backbone of the B.C. economy and supports communities across the province. Global demand for sustainably harvested, low-carbon wood products continues to grow, and we need to support our next generation of B.C. forestry professionals to ensure they have the skills and knowledge needed to support this important industry.”

COFI established its scholarship in 2007 with the goal of encouraging young people in B.C. to choose a professional, technical or trades career in the forest sector.

Last year, COFI increased the number of recipients from 10 to 12 in recognition of the growing financial commitments of post-secondary programs.

For more information about eligibility and application requirements, visit

Scholarship applications are due June 5.

READ MORE: Quesnel student wins COFI scholarship

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