NRT Foundation Recognizes Partners at its 4th Annual Donor Recognition Reception

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NRT Foundation Recognizes Partners at its 4th Annual Donor Recognition Reception

Vancouver – On Thursday October 20th, the New Relationship Trust Foundation (NRT Foundation) will host its 4th Annual Donor Recognition Reception at the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art in Vancouver. With support made possible by the NRT Foundation’s committed donors and partners, the NRT Foundation is celebrating a banner year, having awarded 252 scholarships and bursaries to First Nations students in 2016. The NRT Foundation’s partners for 2016 are the First Nations Health Authority, BC Hydro, the Chief Joe Mathias Foundation, Canfor, Scotiabank, the Connor Clark & Lunn Foundation, Drillwell Enterprises, Aboriginal Energy Solutions Inc., and Peace Hills Trust.

Since 2008, the NRT Foundation has awarded 1,720 scholarships and bursaries totaling $7.8 million in post-secondary financial aid. By investing in First Nations post-secondary education, the NRT Foundation is building the capacity of First Nations, enhancing employment opportunities for graduates, and creating the skilled work force that will enable British Columbia to meet it’s future economic and social development needs.

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“Investing in post secondary financial aid for First Nations students eliminates monetary barriers and enables students to focus on their studies. The support that these students receive not only helps individuals and their families, it also creates stronger First Nations communities for the benefit of all of BC.” explains Judith Sayers, Chair of the New Relationship Trust Foundation.

“These contributions from our partners and supporters are critical to empowering students from across BC to follow their dreams. First Nations students face many barriers to attending post-secondary school – they are often older, with children and lack financial resources. The NRT Foundation’s scholarship and bursary program eases the financial struggle so the student can focus on their studies and excel in their post-secondary education,” states Kory Wilson, Treasurer of the New Relationship Trust Foundation.

Statistics and Facts

  • In 2016, the NRT Foundation has funded nearly 252 scholarships and bursaries for First Nations post-secondary students. This represents 50% of received applications.
  • Since 2008, the NRT Foundation has awarded 1,722 scholarships and bursaries totaling $7.8 million in post-secondary financial aid.
    • 782 Bursaries;
    • 528 Undergraduate Scholarships;
    • 188 Masters Scholarships;
    • 100 Doctorate Scholarships; and
    • 124 other post-secondary awards.

Background

The New Relationship Trust Foundation is a charitable non-profit organization that was created in 2011 by the New Relationship Trust (NRT). The New Relationship Trust Foundation strives to advance the education goals of Aboriginal students in BC. With the introduction of new partnerships and continued relationship building, the NRT Foundation and its partners are eliminating financial barriers to post secondary enrolment and achievement for Aboriginal students in BC.

Learn more at www.nrtf.ca

For more information, please contact:

Mathew Hupfield, Advancement Coordinator
New Relationship Trust Foundation

Phone: 604-925-3338 or 1-877-922-3338
Email: mhupfield@nrtf.ca
Website:  www.nrtf.ca

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