New support for Aboriginal students, Honouring our Future Entrance Bursary

News Release Release Date: April 10, 2013 11:55 a.m.

As the University of Regina continues to attract an increasing number of Aboriginal students, a new scholarship, entitled the Honouring our Future Entrance Bursary, will provide additional support for new undergraduate students starting in the fall of 2013. Each bursary is $1,000.

“Making post-secondary education more accessible for Aboriginal students in Saskatchewan is of increasing importance to our province’s future,” said Dr. Vianne Timmons, President and Vice-Chancellor. “This entrance scholarship, which will be awarded annually to a member of each of Saskatchewan’s 74 First Nations, is a way of helping remove financial barriers for students, while honouring the First Nations that have played – and continue to play – such a key role in our society.”

Criteria for those eligible for the bursary include:

  • being a first-time student at the University of Regina for the fall semester;
  • pursuing a certificate, diploma or degree program at the University;
  • being registered in a minimum of 6 credit hours in the semester the award is presented;
  • being a self-declared Aboriginal student who is a member of one of the 74 Saskatchewan First Nations; and
  • demonstrating financial need.

The number of self-declared undergraduate Aboriginal students at the University of Regina has increased by 15 per cent over the past year. Students of Aboriginal descent now represent almost 11 per cent of the total undergraduate student body.

One of the goals in the University's strategic plan, mâmawohkamâtowin: Our Work, Our People, Our Communities, is to build relationships with First Nations communities. As the University continues to achieve that objective, it has positioned itself responding to the needs and aspirations of its students, people and communities.

For more information about all University of Regina scholarships, visit: www.uregina.ca/safa .