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Minerva Foundation Supports First Nation Learners at NWCC

First Nations women continuing their post-secondary education at Northwest Community College are receiving financial support from BC's Minerva Foundation. A total of $5,000 will form the basis of two $2,500 Minerva Foundation Awards to be awarded to First Nations female students continuing into a credit based program (including Trades) at NWCC. The $5,000 award is comprised of an annual $2,500 donation from the Minerva Foundation combined with a matching contribution from the College. "A disproportionate number of First Nations women in the northwest are challenged by economic barriers that make access to post-secondary education seem like a distant dream," explains NWCC President, Stephanie Forsyth. "The Minerva Foundation's help and support enables NWCC to lend a hand in opening the door to more First Nations women and pave the way to turning those dreams into reality." "Northwest Community College is doing commendable work to support and enrich the community that surrounds it. We are pleased to partner with NWCC to offer education awards to Aboriginal women," states Minerva Foundation's Board Member, Laura Hansen. "One of the Foundation's goals is to assist Aboriginal women in our Province. The Minerva Foundation sees education as a very important step towards the independence and leadership of women in their community." The purpose of the Minerva Foundation awards is to: * Assist single mothers in advancing their education * Re-train mature women returning to the workforce after a long absence * Advance women in non-traditional fields of study. * Assist women with disabilities to overcome educational barriers. Preference will be given to 1st year students continuing on to their 2nd year of studies. The awards will be granted on the basis of academic proficiency and financial need in addition to one or more of the criteria listed above. Applicants must be continuing on as a full-time student (60% course load). The Minerva Foundation for BC Women was initiated in 1999 to provide funds for projects that will assist women to realize their potential and to create a safe place for them to live and work in British Columbia. Award application deadline for September enrolment is May 31, 2007. See the Financial Aid page of the College Web site for applications and complete award criteria, procedures, and submission deadline information.

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