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The University announces two new bursaries supporting Child and Youth in Care Week

News Release Release Date: July 6, 2015 2:40 p.m.

Two new bursaries have been established at the University of Regina for new students who, as children or youth, received care or were in receipt of services from the Ministry of Social Services or a Saskatchewan First Nations Child and Family Services Agency.

“The University of Regina is pleased to be able to support deserving students who have been in government care, many of whom otherwise may not have the financial resources to attain a post-secondary education,” says Dr. Vianne Timmons, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Regina. “The opportunities that a University education provides have the potential to change these students' lives in terms of employment, future earnings, improved health indicators and reduced reliance on social safety nets.”

The University worked with the Ministry of Social Services and the Saskatchewan Youth in Care and Custody Network (SYICCN) to identify the needs of former Child and Youth in Care in developing the bursaries.

“I am delighted that the U of R is providing this wonderful opportunity to youth who are leaving our care,” Minister of Social Services Donna Harpauer said. “These bursaries will help young people build strong foundations for their future through a solid education.”

“This is such an exciting and important time for young people in and from care,” says Stephanie Bustamante, Executive Director, SYICCN.  “These awards will serve to ensure young people in and from care, who seek access to post-secondary education will face less barriers, less stigma and stronger supports--on the opening day of Child and Youth in Care Week no less!”

The University of Regina Former Child and Youth from Care Access Entrance Bursary will provide $1,500 ($1,000 for tuition and $500 for books/food services) to students registered in a minimum of 9 credit hours in the semester for which the award is given.  

The University of Regina Former Youth from Care Access Tuition Entrance Bursary will provide tuition and fees for up to two semesters for students who had received services for a minimum of 12 months when they were between the ages of 13 and 21. Students must be registered in a minimum of 9 credit hours in the semester for which the award is given and must receive a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 60 per cent in the first semester in order to receive funding for the second semester.  

The bursaries will be available for eligible students between the ages of 18 and 25, entering the University of Regina for the first time. Only one bursary will be provided per student.

For more information, eligibility requirements, applications and deadlines visit: http://www.uregina.ca/safa/awards/SAMS/.

 

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