British Columbia Graduate Scholarships Help Students Excel
More graduate students will benefit from a $3.75 million scholarship fund that will spur innovation and economic growth and help recruit and retain Colombia’s brightest minds. British.
“British Columbia is home to incredible graduate students who are shaping a better future for our province,” said Anne Kang, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Training. “These scholarships will make life more affordable for students by reducing or eliminating the financial pressures they face. This financial support will help them focus on their studies to continue building the life they want so they can be more successful in British Columbia.
The scholarships are merit-based and research-oriented, with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics programs. Professional programs and other disciplines, such as business administration and health, are also eligible.
“Graduate students, including those at the University of Northern British Columbia, conduct critical research and study a wide range of topics that directly impact our daily lives. They contribute significantly to our quest to create local solutions that have global impact,” said Dr. Geoffrey Payne, President of the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC). “This renewed commitment to graduate scholarships is exciting; it helps us attract students, increase research productivity, and make pursuing higher education more accessible for students.
British Columbia Graduate Scholarships were introduced in 2018 and have supported graduate students to undertake projects that create new knowledge and find solutions to pressing real-world challenges, such as research at UNBC on watershed monitoring, forest fire impacts, forestry and wood engineering.
“Through the BC Graduate Scholarship, I can experience learning as a passion, not a job,” said BC Graduate Scholarship recipient Ann Duong. . “It allows me to deepen my research, consider new ideas and possibilities, and have the confidence to explore industrial hygiene, an unfamiliar area of knowledge.”
Building on the StrongerBC Economic Plan to close BC’s skills and talent gap, the funding helps ensure people can access the education and training needed for in-demand jobs.
Ten post-secondary institutions across British Columbia administer the scholarships, enabling them to support the province’s next generation of researchers, innovators and leaders.
The investment will support 250 scholarships of a minimum of $15,000 each through March 2024.
Graduate students are also eligible for a wide range of student financial aid through StudentAid BC, including grants, scholarships, and loans. Students can read the eligibility criteria and apply online: https://studentaidbc.ca/
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