New scholarship helps inspire students to become teachers

Scholarship winners will receive a $5,000 voucher to redeem upon entrance to a post-secondary teacher-training program in BC

To highlight World Teachers’ Day, on Oct. 5,  Education Minister Don McRae  announced a new $5,000 Pathway to Teacher Training Scholarship today that  will recognize exceptional Grade 12 students planning to enter the field of teaching.  The scholarship will be awarded annually to the top 20 outstanding graduating students intending to enter the teaching profession.

Scholarship winners will receive a $5,000 voucher to redeem upon entrance to a post-secondary teacher-training program in British Columbia.

A committee of representatives from the BC Teachers’ Federation, BC School Superintendents Association and BC Principals’ and Vice Principals’ Association will establish eligibility criteria for the new scholarship.

The scholarship will be funded as part of the provincial awards program with the first eligible cohort of students graduating this school year (2012-13).

World Teachers’ Day is held annually on Oct. 5. A program of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, the day celebrates all teachers and the essential role they play in providing quality education. This year’s motto is, “Take a stand for teachers!”

To learn more, go to: BC’s Education Plan: http://www.bcedplan.ca/

For more on student awards and scholarships, visit: www.bced.gov.bc.ca/awards/