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NWCC counts four BC Aboriginal Student Award winners

TERRACE Four second-year NWCC students are winners of the 2009 BC Aboriginal Student Award, given annually to Aboriginal students pursuing post-secondary education in B.C. Marlene Jail (Prince Rupert Campus, Business Administration), Michael Davis (Terrace Campus, Social Service Worker), Samantha Louie (Terrace Campus, University Credit) and Vanessa Shirey (Terrace Campus, Business Administration) are among 94 Aboriginal students across the province who will receive awards ranging between $1,000 and $3,500. These awards are an investment in the skills and talents of B.C.s Aboriginal students, said Jim Reed, chair of the Irving K. Barber British Columbia Scholarship Society, which administers the awards. They help open new doors to education for Aboriginal people in all regions of the province. NWCC President Stephanie Forsyth welcomes the support and encouragement the BC Aboriginal Student Awardone that strongly promotes Aboriginal enrolment and academic successoffers to students. More than 46 percent of our students are of Aboriginal descent and investing in their education and future benefits everyone in the Northwest, said Forsyth. We applaud these four students for their accomplishment and wish them continued success in their studies. Davis, who is currently enrolled in the Social Service Worker Diploma program at NWCC, said getting the award was a surprise but a reinforcement of the hard work he puts in to his studies. When I found out Id won the award, I thought about the sacrifices I made in order to get through the year and how it was worth it, Davis said. This was definitely a happy moment. He says he plans to use the financial award to help support his second year at NWCC. He can now worry less about finances and focus more on mid-terms and assignments. After completing two years at NWCC, Davis plans to continue his education at UNBC in Terrace and eventually earn his Masters in Social Work. The B.C. Aboriginal Student Awards are given out annually from revenue generated by an endowment fund. To date, the Irving K. Barber British Columbia Scholarship Society has awarded over $2.2 million in scholarships to students in public post-secondary institutions. Students can find out more about the scholarships online at www.bcscholarship.ca.

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