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Province boosts scholarship funding at VIU and other universities

An additional $15 million will further fund the Stronger B.C. action plan
VIU will receive $175,000 in funding for graduate scholarships through the Stronger B.C. future-ready action plan, a cross-government plan that aims to make education and training more accessible and affordable. (Vancouver Island University photo)

Vancouver Island University is receiving funding from the B.C. government to support graduate students and prepare them for in-demand careers.

According to a news release, the province is investing approximately $15 million in graduate scholarships at schools across B.C. over three years, adding $2,500 to each new graduate scholarship award.

“These scholarships will help more graduate students become our province’s next generation of researchers, innovators and leaders, and the talent that employers and British Columbians rely on,” said minister of post-secondary education Selina Robinson in the release.

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The funding will be building on the Stronger B.C. future-ready action plan, which was released this past spring, and aims to create more jobs and support post-secondary students by adding more scholarships and internships, increasing student financial aid and supporting those who face systemic barriers.

VIU will be receiving $175,000 for graduate scholarships, valued at $17,500, over the 2023-24 school year.

“Vancouver Island University attracts bright, hard-working students from across the region who give back to our community through their work,” said Doug Routley, MLA for Nanaimo-North Cowichan, in the release. “By expanding our scholarship funding, we’re making sure more students can pursue their studies and work at VIU.”

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