College of the Rockies students win Ike Barber scholarship


One hundred B.C. students will each receive a $5,000 Ike Barber Transfer Scholarship this year from the Irving K. Barber British Columbia Scholarship Society.

The scholarships are awarded annually to undergraduate students who have completed two years at a public post-secondary institution in B.C. and are transferring to another degree-granting institution in the province to complete their degrees.  They are funded from the returns on a $15 million endowment established by the province in 2006. The fund is named after the founder of Slocan Forest Products Ltd. who is a philanthropist who has donated generously to education and research projects in British Columbia.

“I’m so pleased that our government is able to partner with the Irving K. Barber B.C. Scholarship Society to enhance the experience of our students by giving them this opportunity to further their studies and share experiences,” said Naomi Yamamoto, Minister of Advanced Education.

Undergraduate students must have a grade point average of at least 3.5 or 87.5 per cent for 54 credits completed and have demonstrated service to their school and/or community to receive the $5,000 scholarships.

In Cranbrook, students Ryan Gardener and Suzanne Prowse, both attending the College of the Rockies, have been granted an Ike Barber Transfer Scholarship. Both students intend to go to the University of British Columbia - Okanagan.

“Our society is pleased to support the education goals of deserving young people and at the same time support B.C.’s strong post-secondary education system,” said Hugh Gordon, chair of the scholarship society. “This is truly an investment that benefits all British Columbians.”

The Irving K. Barber BC Scholarship Society works in partnership with the Victoria Foundation to manage a series of scholarship and education award programs that support B.C. students attending public post-secondary institutions both throughout the province and outside the country. To date, the society has awarded more than $3.5 million in scholarships.

To find out more about this fund, call the Victoria Foundation at 250-381-5532 or visit

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