NANAIMO – New Democrat MLA Sheila Malcolmson says graduate students at Vancouver Island University will benefit from greater access to education and training without increased financial pressure as graduate scholarships are awarded.
“BC funding more scholarships at Vancouver Island University will make graduate studies more affordable,” said Sheila Malcolmson, MLA for Nanaimo. “We will all benefit from the research, skills, and solutions that graduate students contribute to Nanaimo.”
Vancouver Island University will be receiving $135,000 in graduate scholarship funding.
Ten post-secondary institutions throughout B.C. are administering the scholarships, enabling them to support the province’s next generation of researchers, innovators and leaders.
The scholarships are merit-based and research focused, with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs. Professional programs and other disciplines such as business administration and health are also eligible.
A total investment of $3.75 million will support 250 awards across B.C. of a minimum of $15,000 each through March 2024.
Building on the StrongerBC Economic Plan to close B.C.’s skills and talent gap, the funding will spark innovation, economic growth and help recruit and retain B.C.’s brightest minds.