Five students from Quesnel have been named recipients of the Irving K. Barber Indigenous Student Undergraduate Award.
Jonah Saemerow, who attends Thompson Rivers University; Olivia Baptiste, Telise Gauthier, and Garnet Currie, who attend the University of BC; and Aidyn Buchan, who attends University of Northern BC, are five of 612 B.C. students who received financial awards from the society to support their post-secondary studies.
The Irving K. Barber British Columbia Scholarship Society’s Indigenous Student Awards program was created to assist in removing barriers to higher education for Indigenous peoples. Awards of $1,000 to $5,000 each are issued every year.
The Society’s new appointed Chair, Shirley Kamerling-Roberts, explained: “These very flexible awards support a comprehensive list of educational options and have allowed thousands of students to pursue studies that align with their personal career goals.”
Indigenous students studying at all post-secondary levels, from trades training to doctoral programs, can apply for the monetary awards.