50 B.C. students awarded Premier’s International Scholarships

A record 50 B.C. students have been awarded Premier’s International Scholarships to study in more than 20 different countries and regions, supporting them to achieve their education goals and benefiting B.C. communities with their global knowledge and experiences.

The students are enrolled in overseas programs studying a wide variety of subjects ranging from business administration to molecular biology.

“These scholarships open the doors of opportunity for B.C. students,” said Premier John Horgan. “We all benefit from the knowledge and cultural experiences students will bring back to their post-secondary institutions, workplaces and communities.”

The Premier’s Scholarships are valued at between $6,000 and $10,000, and are administrated by the Irving K. Barber BC Scholarship Society.

Premier’s Scholarships are funded from the returns on a $17-million endowment fund established by the Province of B.C. for international education. They are awarded to students demonstrating exceptional academic achievement and an understanding of how global literacy impacts society. The scholarships are part of the larger One World international scholarship program offered by the society.

“Premier’s International Scholarships provide students with opportunities to broaden their horizons through overseas study and work placements. Students benefit both culturally and academically, and upon return to Canada, find that these experiences enhance and often guide further work and study,” said Shirley Kamerling Roberts, the society’s chair.

Since the program began in 2008, the Irving K. Barber British Columbia Scholarship Society has awarded more than $5.7 million in 2,598 international scholarships.

“The Premier’s Scholarship will allow me to better understand globalization and how I can work toward higher intercultural competence as I study abroad at Universidad de La Sabana in Colombia,” said Sultan Sandur, a scholarship recipient who is completing his master of education at Thompson Rivers University.

In addition to the Premier’s Scholarships, One World Scholarships of $1,000 to $3,500 are available throughout the year for students attending B.C. public post-secondary institutions to support their participation in study or work abroad programs.

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2019 Premier’s International Scholarship recipients

(name, institution, hometown, destination country, program of study)

Caleigh Aalders, University of Victoria, Victoria, Belgium, philosophy and social sciences

Rebecca Anderson, University of British Columbia (UBC) Okanagan, Calgary, Netherlands, psychology

Katrina Annett, University of Victoria, Quathiaski Cove, New Zealand, law

Emma Borhi, UBC, Nelson, France, international economics

Olivia Brocklehurst, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, England, arts and humanities

Delon Chan, UBC, Vancouver, England, biomedical sciences

Grace Chen, UBC, Coquitlam, France, French and European Studies

Melanie Costa, Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU), White Rock, England, fine arts

Milo Coulthard, KPU, North Vancouver, Denmark, fashion design

Siobhan Finan, UBC, Vancouver, Norway, social sciences

Allison Gacad, UBC, Scarborough, Philippines, agriculture and plant biology

Kristos Grames, UBC, Halfmoon Bay, Australia, arts

Micah Hall, UBC, Vancouver, Spain, exchange global health

Lana Harach, University of the Fraser Valley (UFV), Qualicum Beach, Netherlands, agriculture

Alex Harte, Vancouver Island University (VIU), Nanaimo, Vietnam, geography internship

Emily Haugen, KPU, Langley, Austria, business administration/marketing management

Mira Hayre, UBC, Surrey, China, commerce

Cole Hickson, Thompson Rivers University (TRU), Kamloops, South Korea, social sciences

Keivan Hirji, University of Victoria (UVic), North Vancouver, Scotland, global business

William Howling, UVic, Victoria, Indonesia, business and economics

Andrea Ivanof, UFV, Abbotsford, Netherlands, international management and consultancy

Emma Juergensen, Simon Fraser University (SFU), Coquitlam, New Zealand, exchange program

Anita Koralewicz, UBC, Vancouver, England, geography

Maya Korbynn, UBC, Vancouver, Netherlands, social sciences

Marian Lee, UBC, Vancouver, Spain, commerce

Sarah Lee, SFU, Surrey, Czech Republic, business administration

Ingrid Leung, SFU, Burnaby, France, French for prospective teachers

Julia Lunot, SFU, Richmond, Australia, sociology

Benjamin Matthews, TRU, Kamloops, England, arts – English

Brianna Mau, SFU, Coquitlam, England, media and film studies

Micah May, University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC), Bonnington, Mongolia, environmental science and biology

Hilton Nguyen, UBC, Aldergrove, Czech Republic, economics

Sara Nguyen, Capilano University, Vancouver, Germany, communications design

Nicholas Page, SFU, Vancouver, South Korea, anthropology

Gurleen Parhar, UBC, Abbotsford, Singapore, arts and social sciences

David Phypers, UBC Okanagan, Yellowknife, Sweden, civil engineering

Daniela Ramirez, UBC, Port Moody, France, exchange program

Jessica Reist, UFV, Abbotsford, Germany, psychology

Emily Ross, UVic, Whitehorse, France, arts – exchange program

Jeffrey Salvo, BC Institute of Technology, Burnaby, Korea, business administration

Sultan Sandur, Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, Colombia, education

Masha Shcherbyna, UBC, Vancouver, Australia, exercise physiology

Sukhi Singh, UVic, Surrey, England, biomedical engineering

Courtney Smith, UFV, Chilliwack, France, political science

Daniela Ramirez, UBC, Port Moody, France, exchange program

Catharine White, UVic, Calgary, Singapore, law

Katie Wingerak, UFV, Surrey, Australia, health and sport sciences

Bessie Ming Sze Wong, SFU, Vancouver, Taiwan, communications – Chinese language

Theresa Wong, UBC, Victoria, England and China, Go Global Exchange

Maaria Zafar, UFV, Abbotsford, Czech Republic, human and social sciences

Joseph Zsombor-Pindera, UBC, Vancouver, Germany, chemistry