Armstrong student awarded transfer scholarship

Transferring from one post-secondary institution to another is no easy, or inexpensive, task

An Armstrong student is one of 25 Langara College students to have received Ike Barber Transfer Scholarships worth $5,000 each to assist them in moving between B.C. post-secondary institutions.

Kelli Verhagen is one of 20 who lists the University of British Columbia as their destination institution, while two students list Emily Carr University, two list Simon Fraser University and one student lists the University of Victoria.

The scholarships are awarded annually by the Irving K. Barber British Columbia Scholarship Society (IKBBC) to undergraduate students who have completed at least one year at a public post-secondary institution in B.C. and are transferring to another degree-granting institution to complete their studies. A total of 171 students across B.C. received the scholarship in 2018.

“Supporting students who transfer between post-secondary institutions make their pathway to success more affordable,” said Melanie Mark, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training. “As someone who benefitted by starting off in college and graduating from university, I know the value of transferring credits. Students save time and money to reach their goals. Congratulations to this year’s recipients.”

Related: Four North Okanagan students receive scholarship

Scholarship funds come from the returns on a $15 million endowment established by the province in 2006. The fund is named after philanthropist Irving K. Barber who had a long history of supporting public education and research projects in British Columbia before his death in 2012.

To qualify for a transfer scholarship, students must have strong grades and demonstrated volunteer service to their school and/or community. The Irving K. Barber BC Scholarship Society offers scholarship and education award programs that support B.C. students attending public post-secondary institutions. Created in 2004, the Society recently announced expanded scholarship and award programs for Indigenous students, and for women studying technology. Since 2006, the Society has awarded over $16 million in scholarships to thousands of B.C. students.


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