KPU international students awarded scholarships

Thu, Aug 11, 2016

Metro Vancouver, B.C. – A trio of international students from Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) may wish to learn the words for scholarship in Spanish and Filipino.

Vancouver residents Jessica Hill and Jennifer Lingbaoan, and New Westminster resident Alexander Stark, who are all participating in international experiences abroad this year, have each been awarded a 2016 Premier’s International Scholarship by the Irving K. Barber British Columbia Scholarship Society for study abroad.

They are among 28 B.C. students who have been awarded between $6,000 and $10,000 through this generous awards program.

“More now, than ever, understanding and building ties with the world beyond our borders is essential to the success, prosperity, and well-being of all British Columbians,” notes Rajiv Gandhi, chair of the Irving K. Barber British Columbia Scholarship Society “The society is very pleased to play a role in facilitating that opportunity for each of these very deserving recipients.”

Hill and Stark are currently studying at KPU’s partner institution, the Universidad Sancti Spiritus in Cuba, while Lingbaoan is doing an independent study abroad in the Philippines.

Premier’s International Scholarships are funded from the returns on a $15 million endowment fund established by the province of B.C. for international education. The scholarships are part of the One World International Scholarship Program managed by the society.

The society has awarded just over $3.1 million in international scholarships since 2008, when the program began. Premier’s Scholarships are awarded once each year. In addition, the Society’s One World International Scholarships are available throughout the year through BC public post-secondary institutions. To learn more about how to apply for a scholarship, visit:

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