2021 COFI Forestry Scholarship now open for applications

THE BC Council of Forest Industries (COFI) announced on Wednesday that it is now accepting applications for the 2021 Forestry Scholarship.

COFI is awarding 13 $2,000 scholarships, including three COFI Indigenous Forestry Scholarships in partnership with the New Relationship Trust Foundation (NRTF).

“COFI is pleased to support the next generation of students as they seek to advance their education goals and learn about the forest industry of the future,” said Susan Yurkovich, President and CEO of COFI. “We are also excited to be partnering with the New Relationship Trust Foundation to support Indigenous students interested in pursuing future employment in forestry and as we look to further increase the participation of Indigenous people and communities in our sector.”

“The New Relationship Trust Foundation is very excited to partner with the BC Council of Forest Industries to offer Indigenous focused forestry scholarships,” said Matt Cook-Contois, Senior Associate – Programs Specialist, NRTF. “Indigenous students face an inordinate number of barriers when planning to attend post-secondary programs. COFI is demonstrating a strong commitment to reconciliation by investing in Indigenous education and providing Indigenous students further opportunity to build a stronger Indigenous future.”

COFI awards the scholarships each year to students pursuing post-secondary education or training in a skilled trades program associated with the forest industry. COFI established its scholarship in 2007 with the goal of encouraging young people in B.C. to choose a professional, technical or trades career in the forest sector.

The closing date for applying for the scholarships this year is June 4. For more information on eligibility and application requirements, visit COFI’s Scholarship Program cofi.org.

Indigenous students are encouraged to apply for the NRTF-COFI awards through the New Relationship Trust Foundation. For more information on the NRT Foundation and its programs, visit nrtf.ca.