Sept. 20, 2013
/CNW/ - RBC today announced its 2013
RBC Aboriginal Student Awards Program
recipients. Ten Aboriginal students will receive scholarships to offset the costs of post-secondary tuition, textbooks, supplies and living expenses during the academic year.
Committed to supporting Aboriginal youth in their education journey, RBC will award each recipient with up to
annually, for a maximum of four years, to help ease the financial strain students often face when pursuing post-secondary education.
"Aboriginal youth continue to represent one of the fastest-growing segments of the Canadian population, yet statistically they have a lower level of education than other Canadians," said
, national director, Aboriginal Markets, RBC. "Scholarships like this can support a student's post-secondary success by alleviating some of the financial pressures that can get in the way of educational goals."
While education remains a critical component to improving the social and economic strength of Aboriginal communities, financial barriers continue to deter Aboriginal youth from going to university or college. With the right resources, they can achieve their career aspirations and give back to their community.
Since the RBC Aboriginal Student Awards Program was launched in 1992, over
$1.3 million dollars
has been awarded to 128 First Nations, Inuit and Métis youth across
pursuing post-secondary education. RBC also considers scholarship recipients who are interested in careers in financial services for summer and post-graduate employment.
2013 winners of the RBC Aboriginal Student Awards Program (in alphabetical order):
- Elizabeth Brockman , Saskatoon, SK (Métis Nation-Saskatchewan) University of Victoria - Bachelor of Science
- Stephanie Cleveland , Winnipeg, MB (Manitoba Métis Federation) Brandon University - Psychiatric Nursing
- Katrina Hewton-Backfat , Calgary, AB (Siksika Nation) Athabasca University - Bachelor of Arts, Psychology
- Jordan Jones , Kamloops, BC (NunatuKavut) Dalhousie University - Bachelor of Environmental Design Studies
- Tyler Markowski , Morinville, AB (Métis Nation of Alberta) University of Alberta - Chemical Engineering
- Dalton Reany , Port Elgin, ON (Chippewas of Nawash First Nation) University of Toronto - Rotman Commerce
- Deanna Smith , Inuvik, NT (Nihtat Gwich'in) Northern Alberta Institute of Technology - Business Administration
- Alexander Thomas , Wolfville, NS (Snuneymuxw First Nation) Acadia University - Bachelor of Science in Math and Economics
- Toni Warrior , Edmonton, AB (Piikanii Nation) University of Alberta - Major in Math, Minor in Physical Education
- Krista Zawadski , Rankin Inlet, NU ( Rankin Inlet) University of British Columbia - Anthropology, Archaeology and Museum Studies
Applications for the 2014
RBC Aboriginal Student Awards Program
will be accepted from
December 1, 2013
February 28, 2014
. Eligibility criteria and more information can be found at
About RBC and Aboriginal Canadians
RBC has a proud history of strong relationships with Aboriginal peoples. For more than 100 years, RBC has helped strengthen First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities across
. We are committed to serving Aboriginal governments, communities, organizations, businesses and individuals by creating opportunities for sustainable economic development through:
access to banking and capital
community and social development
employment, education and training
. RBC also provides donations and grants that support Aboriginal interests in three key areas: the environment, specifically water; youth literacy and education; and culture and heritage. For more information about these programs and more, visit
and click on "A Chosen Journey Annual: RBC Aboriginal Partnership Report".