Five islanders win scholarships

  • Dec. 3, 2012 6:00 p.m.

Five island students have received substantial scholarships, announced last week.Christine Johnson and Joshua McLeod of Masset, Lucille Bell of Old Massett, and Raven LeBlanc and Vanessa Whiteknife, both of Skidegate, have all received awards from the Irving K. Barber British Columbia Scholarship Society. It gives $1,000 to $ 5,500 to aboriginal students through a competitive process every year.The society just gave out a total of $459,000 to 167 students in B.C. to support their post-secondary education. “These awards are an investment in the skills and talent’s of B.C.’s aboriginal students, “said society chair Hugh Gordon. “They will help to open new doors to B.C.’s educational system for aboriginal people in all regions of the province.”The society was established by B.C. philanthropist and Slocan Forest Products founder, Irving K. Barber, who died in April.