Thursday, December 6, 2012
BC Gov't News
education grants available
Released by Monika Weatherly, BC Gov't Caucus
Bivol, a Chilliwack resident, is a recipient of a BC Housing
education bursary that will help him achieve his educational goal
toward a new career as a practical nurse.
Bivol, a 48-year-old
father will be using the $750 bursary toward his tuition for the
practical nurse program at Vancouver Career College.
"I never imagined that I
would start a new career to become a nurse at the age of 48. What
made me decide to become a nurse was watching my daughter overcome
leukemia and seeing the nurses and doctors taking such great care of
her. This award will help toward my tuition and I would like to
thank the government of B.C. for having an education awards program
for people living in subsidized housing," Bivol said in a release
Anyone in British Columbia who is living in subsidized housing, or
receiving rent subsidy through BC Housing's Rental Assistance
Program, is eligible to apply for one of the 83 bursaries and
awards. The funds can be put toward tuition or other educational
expenses such as books or supplies.
"It is never too late to
return to school and gain new educational achievements. I would like
to recognize Gheorghe Bivol for having the motivation to take steps
to a new career and choosing to become a nurse, which is one of the
most honourable careers to pursue," John Les, MLA for Chilliwack.
BC Housing launches the Education Awards Program in January of each
o Applicants submitted
a personal statement describing their educational and personal
goals, and challenges they have overcome, as well as letters of
reference and academic transcripts.
o The BC Housing Education Awards Program offers five types of
awards and bursaries:
o BC Housing Bursary - 57 bursaries, worth $750 each to support
youth or adults between 17 and 64 to pursue adult basic
education, vocational education or post-secondary education on a
full- or part-time basis.
o BC Housing Award for Full-Time Studies - 10 awards, worth
$1,000 each, to support youth or adults between 17 and 64
pursuing post-secondary or vocational education on a full-time
o Margaret Mitchell Outstanding Achievement Award - Margaret
Mitchell was a dedicated housing advocate and helped develop BC
Housing's Education Awards Program. This $750 award recognizes a
youth graduating from Grade 12 with proficiency in academics,
sports, the arts or community involvement for educational or
vocational training on a full-time basis.
o Minerva Foundation Award for BC Women - Five $1,000 awards to
help Aboriginal women pursue full-time, post-secondary
education. This award is designed to help single mothers advance
their education, assist women with children fleeing abusive
relationships, retrain mature women returning to the workforce,
advance women in non-traditional fields of study, or support
women with disabilities to overcome educational barriers.
o The Kinloch Education Award for women - 10 awards at $1,000
each are awarded to women who may have overcome significant
barriers in their lives that hindered their educational
opportunities and who are now pursuing post-secondary education
on a full- or part-time basis.
o Since 2001, the B.C. government has invested $3.2 billion to
provide affordable housing for low income individuals, seniors
and families. This year, more than 97,000 B.C. households will
benefit from provincial social housing programs and services.
To find out more information about the Educations Award Program
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