Five Langley post-secondary students among recipients of provincial Indigenous scholarship

Winners are Stephanie Croteau, Anna-Marie Horn, William Robertson, Taylor Laboucan and Jakob Knudsen

Five Langley post-secondary students have been named as recipients of the 2019 Irving K. Barber Indigenous Award.

They are part of the 612 Indigenous students in B.C. who will receive more than $1.8 million in scholarships and prizes from the Society in support of their studies at public post-secondary institutions throughout the province.

The Langley winners include Stephanie Croteau and Anna-Marie Horn, who are both currently studying at Nicola Valley Institute of Technology, Taylor Laboucan studying at Langara College, Jakob Knudsen, a student at Simon Fraser University., and Liam Robertson, who’s enrolled at UBC.

READ MORE: Walnut Grove resident earns Irving K. Barber scholarship

The Irving K Barber BC Scholarship Society provides scholarships and awards to students attending public post-secondary institutions throughout the province and internationally.

Laboucan, one of the recipients, said he has earned the award for three years running and has just recently finished a Diploma in Sports Science from Douglas College.

He is now earning a Recreation Management degree from Langara College.

“I learned about the Irving K Barber BC Scholarship Society my first semester of post-secondary and when I saw this award I decided to apply. Having received this reward has allowed me to balance work and school without having to worry about tuition,” Laboucan said.

“Without the support from Irving K Barber I would have to take less classes and obtaining my degree would take me much longer. I am so grateful for the support I have received as it has provided me with amazing education opportunities.”

Since its inception, nearly $20 million has been distributed to B.C. students through its six scholarship and award programs.

The society’s Indigenous Student Awards program was created to assist in removing barriers to higher education for Indigenous citizens.

Awards of $1,000 to $5,000 each are issued every year through a competitive process to students studying at all post-secondary levels, from trades training to doctoral programs.

Melanie Mark, minister for advanced education, skills and training, said the awards allowed thousands of students to pursue studies that align with their personal career goals.

“I am thrilled that so many Indigenous students are following their dreams and achieving personal and professional success through post-secondary education,” Mark said. “ [The] Government is committed to true reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, including removing barriers to higher education and creating pathways to success.”

More information about the scholarships and 2020 deadlines are available at www.ikbbc.ca/indigenous-awards.

_________________________________

Is there more to this story?

Email: ryan.uytdewilligen@langleyadvancetimes.com

Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter

_________________________________

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

UPDATE: Teen missing since early Monday in Langley has been found

Police released information about a 14-year-old girl who has been found safe

Canada West Golf Championships cancelled due to COVID-19 travel restrictions

UBC, UBC-O, UFV and UVic athletes will not hit the links this year, Kelowna was set to host

What will happen in Langley’s school district when student or staffer tests positive?

The school superintendent lays out protocols based on health expert recommendations

Most Langley students back in class

District update released after the first full week of instruction

SHARE: Feathered friend a reliable weather forecaster

Send us your photo showing how you view Langley, and it could be featured in a future edition

B.C. reports 96 new COVID-19 cases, one hospital outbreak

61 people in hospital as summer ends with election

‘Unprecedented’ coalition demands end to B.C. salmon farms

First Nations, commercial fishermen among group calling for action on Cohen recommendations

Earthquake off coast of Washington recorded at 4.1 magnitude

The quake was recorded at a depth of 10 kilometres

B.C.’s top doctor says she’s received abuse, death threats during COVID-19 response

Henry has become a national figure during her time leading B.C.’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

BC Liberals must change gears from election cynicism, focus on the issues: UBC professors

COVID-19 response and recovery is likely to dominate platforms

B.C. could be without a new leader for multiple weeks after Election Day: officials

More than 20K mail-in voting packages were requested within a day of B.C. election being called

Dozens of Canadian venues to light up red in support of entertainment workers

Local facilities among dozens across Canada to participate in Light Up Live

Most Read