$2.9 million in support removes financial barriers for Indigenous students – folio

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$2.9 million in support removes financial barriers for Indigenous students – folio

by ahnationtalk on August 10, 202098 Views

Indspire, CIBC help create awards for 36 Indigenous students at the University of Alberta.

Carmen Poitras always knew she could make a difference as a teacher—it was getting the degree that seemed unlikely. At 39, she had three young children and two jobs in Cold Lake. She was sure she couldn’t go back to school. That is, until school came to her.

A colleague suggested she apply to the University of Alberta’s Aboriginal Teacher Education Program, which allows students to earn an education degree while remaining in their communities. She applied and was accepted to the Cold Lake cohort. Although she was excited about the program, she was worried about finances. That’s when Poitras heard about financial assistance for Indigenous students made possible through CIBC and Indspire, a national charity that supports education for Indigenous students.

Indspire has matched a $500,000 gift from CIBC plus other commitments to create awards for Indigenous students at the U of A. Poitras is one of 36 Indigenous students receiving funds thanks to this new partnership that totals $2.9 million in support.

Read More: https://www.folio.ca/29-million-in-support-removes-financial-barriers-for-indigenous-students/

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