Three of five award winners from Quesnel attend UBC in Vancouver. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward photo

Five students from Quesnel win post-secondary scholarships

Indigenous students from Quesnel win financial awards

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.

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