Scotiabank establishes award for Aboriginal students

Posted: October 15, 2015 2:45 p.m.

On hand at the cheque presentation ceremony were (l-r) Valerie Kerney and Karen Birss with Scotiabank, and Daniel Kwochka, the U of R Board Chair.
On hand at the cheque presentation ceremony were (l-r) Valerie Kerney and Karen Birss with Scotiabank, and Daniel Kwochka, the U of R Board Chair. Photo courtesy of Rae Graham – U of R Photography.

The University of Regina has received $150,000 from Scotiabank to establish the Scotiabank Aboriginal Entrance Award.

The award, available to first-year, undergraduate Aboriginal students, will start in the fall of 2016. Students in good academic standing with demonstrated community involvement are eligible to apply.

“Scotiabank is a long-time supporter of the University of Regina,” said University of Regina President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Vianne Timmons. “I would like to thank Scotiabank for its ongoing support and generosity; for helping us to create opportunities for our students – in particular our Aboriginal students.”

With this gift, Scotiabank has supported the University of Regina with more than $380,000 demonstrating its commitment to supporting students and building future leaders. As a result of this generosity, Aboriginal students will have fewer barriers to higher education and more opportunities to succeed.

“Scotiabank is proud to partner with the University of Regina to invest in these talented young students with the Scotiabank Aboriginal Entrance Award,” said Karen Birss, District Vice-President, Saskatchewan South District at Scotiabank. “We believe in investing in young people to ensure they have the tools and skills needed to succeed in both their academic lives and beyond. Everyone at Scotiabank looks forward to hearing about the future successes and contributions of the award winners.”

The University’s student enrolment numbers released this fall indicate that nearly 12 per cent of the total student population has self-declared Aboriginal descent, an increase of 63 per cent over the last five years.

To learn more about the University’s commitment to Aboriginal student support, please see the Strategic Plan.